Don’t drag DP Ruto into Ruiru pol­i­tics, MP Gathogo urged

MP ac­cuses Lamu nom­i­nated MCA of try­ing to get Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto to sup­port Nom­i­nated MP Isaac Mwaura, seeks to unseat her

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central - JAMES WAINAINA @TheS­tarKenya

Two MCA as­pi­rants and youth lead­ers have warned Ruiru MP Es­ther Gathogo against drag­ging Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto into the con­stituency’s “dirty pol­i­tics”.

They are Joe Mun­dia (Bi­ashara), Sa­muel Gatheru (Ga­tong’ora) and youth lead­ers Mar­garet Wan­jiru and Peter Mwangi.

Gathogo has ac­cused Lamu Ju­bilee nom­i­nated MCA Muthoni Marubu of try­ing to in­tro­duce Nom­i­nated MP Isaac Mwaura to Ruto as he seeks to unseat her.

In a recorded con­ver­sa­tion be­tween Gathogo and Marubu, the MP tells her to stop in­ter­fer­ing with Ruiru pol­i­tics.

The lead­ers said Mwaura is a well­known leg­is­la­tor and doesn’t need Marubu to take him to the DP.

“Mwaura is a real man and is ca­pa­ble of tak­ing him­self to the DP if the need arises. We de­mand that Gathogo apol­o­gise for drag­ging Ruto’s name into her own wars with Mwaura. We re­spect her but she should say sorry,” Mun­dia said.

He said those talk­ing of Ruto hav­ing a list of pre­ferred can­di­dates are his en­e­mies out to make him un­pop­u­lar so he loses in his 2022 pres­i­den­tial bid. Gathogo’s arch-ri­val Si­mon King’ara, who lost to her in the 2013 PNU nom­i­na­tions, is also in the race.

Gatheru said Pres­i­dent Uhuru Kenyatta and Ruto have as­sured Kenyans Ju­bilee nom­i­na­tions will be free and fair.

“The is­sue of pre­ferred can­di­dates is nei­ther here nor there. Can­di­dates should brace them­selves for the nom­i­na­tions, in­stead of de­vel­op­ing cold feet and cry­ing wolf,” he said.

Wan­jiru urged the youth to main­tain peace be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the elec­tion. She said Kenya is not pre­pared for a re­peat of the 2007-08 post-elec­tion vi­o­lence that al­most tore the coun­try apart.

Mwangi urged as­pi­rants to play ma­ture pol­i­tics. He said Gathogo should stop pol­i­tics of threats.

/JAMES WAINAINA

Youth lead­ers from Ruiru con­stituency ad­dress the press on Thurs­day

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