Mandago plans meet­ing to seal Cen­tral back­ing for DP in 2022

For those who have dreams that they will tar­nish Ruto’s name through some­one called Boni­face Mwangi, we will not ac­cept that – Uasin Gish Gov­er­nor Mandago

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Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto’s al­lies in Rift Val­ley are plan­ning a meet­ing to dis­cuss the 2017 polls and the al­liance be­tween the Kalen­jin and Kikuyu com­mu­ni­ties in Ju­bilee.

The devel­op­ment fol­lows fears a clique of pow­er­ful in­di­vid­u­als from Cen­tral are plan­ning to sabotage Ruto’s 2022 pres­i­den­tial bid by sup­port­ing former Gatanga MP Peter Ken­neth.

Uasin Gishu Gov­er­nor Jack­son Mandago is among the key lead­ers in Rift Val­ley plan­ning the meet­ing that will lead to a dec­la­ra­tion on the 2017 and 2022 polls.

Mandago yes­ter­day said some power­bro­kers from Cen­tral have been host­ing se­cret meet­ings to un­der­cut Ruto.

“We will have our meet­ing and also name also those in­volved in the plan to sabotage Ruto po­lit­i­cally,” he said.

Mandago did not re­veal when the meet­ing will take place, but sources say it will be held next month. MPs, sen­a­tors, MCAs and elders will par­tic­i­pate.

Mandago said Cen­tral has a po­lit­i­cal debt to pay for the sup­port it re­ceived from the Kalen­jin com­mu­nity and Ruto in 2013.

“Dur­ing the 2022 elec­tions, they will have to vote for Ruto be­cause it was a deal. We backed them in 2013 and we will do the same next year,” he said.

“Dawa ya deni ni kulipa, na hakuna njia in­gine.” (The only rem­edy for a debt is to pay it back).

Rift Val­ley politi­cians are anx­ious a scheme has been hatched to tar­nish Ruto’s name and make it hard for him to run in 2022.

“For those who have dreams that they will tar­nish Ruto’s name through some­one called Boni­face Mwangi, so that by 2022 they start giv­ing ex­cuses, we will not ac­cept that,” Mandago said.

He said the plan to ask Ken­neth to run for Nairobi gov­er­nor next year is part of the plan to sabotage Ruto’s am­bi­tions in 2022.

“We even know where they meet at night to plan moves against DP Ruto,” Mandago said.

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