(Laikipia Woman Rep Cate Waruguru)
When political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi commented that you can only rent a Kikuyu but you cannot buy one, it did not dawn on deputy President William Ruto that this statement would be fulfilled before his own eyes.
It’s now clear that William Ruto’s allies, from Mount Kenya region are trooping back to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s fold.
This is happening days after President Kenyatta started sanitizing his Jubilee party. The purge which has seen removal of Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen and Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika from the Senate Majority whip position has now extended to Senate Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki who is set to be removed from his current position as a motion of his removal has been tabled before the speaker.
It’s evidently clear that the vocal lieutenants of William Ruto have gone mute and are secretly seeking a truce with President Kenyatta.
This is an observation supported by Kieni Member of Parliament Kanini Kega. He was quoted saying that,
“The moderate ones(MPs) we have welcomed them back. The extremists are still out there and today out of 75 MPs in the region, 62 are behind the President. What are these numbers they keep talking about?”
Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu was also quoted by a local media saying that the MPs allied to William Ruto are currently “very scared” and that a section of them have been approaching him while asking to change loyalty.
“Some have confessed that they blindly followed the DP after being misled by a few Tanga Tanga diehards that Ruto and Uhuru were working together and that is why the numbers appeared big. But from what is happening, they have realized they were fighting the wrong battle. I have actually been talking to my colleagues on their behalf so that they can be pardoned,” he was quoted saying.
The leaders who have pledged their allegiance back to President Kenyatta include: Laikipia Woman Rep Cate Waruguru, Faith Gitau of Nyandarua, Sabina Charge of Murang’a, Nyeri’s Rahab Mukami, Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria, Nyeri’s Mutahi Kahiga, former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura. Several others have gone silent and does not want anything to do with William Ruto
William Ruto now remains with MPs Rigathi Gachagua(Mathira), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu) and Kikuyu’s Kimani Ichung’wa.
It’s surprising that nominated Millicent Omanga who was recently shouting that “Come, baby come!” has toed the line and was amongst the senators who signed for the removal of Senate Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki.