Rebellion in the Mt. Kenya region has hit top gear as most MPs desert President Uhuru Kenyatta to join Ruto’s camp. This new development has complicated the President’s succession plan.
Four MPs, previously President Uhuru Kenyatta’s allies, have formally announced their defection to the Deputy President’s camp. Sources have alleged that five other Mt. Kenya MPs will also announce their defection in the course of the week.
Gathoni Wamuchomba, the Kiambu Woman Representative, and Gabriel Kago, the Githunguri MP, announced their defection yesterday. Subukia MP Samuel Gachobe and Nakuru East’s David Gikaria also did the same.
Deputy President William Ruto had a meeting with Ms. Wamuchomba and Mr. Kago at his Karen office yesterday.
The Kiambu Woman Representative said that she had kept a low profile to assess the mood of Kenyan voters. She said she was certain that the ground had shifted.
“I assure you that the ground has shifted and I am where I was all along,” Wamuchomba said.
Additionally, she said that more Mt Kenya MPs would join the Deputy President’s camp in the coming months.
On the other hand, Mr. Gikaruia said that voters had compelled him to shift his loyalty to the Deputy President.
“When the ground speaks, there is very little a politician can do. You have to submit. I will do what my people say. I cannot force them to belong to a place they don’t want to belong,” he said.
When the Jubilee party ousted Irungu Kang’ata from his position as Senate Majority Whip, he immediately joined Ruto’s camp. Kang’ata said that most leaders would cross over to the Deputy President’s side.
“We have been saying that MPs in their tens, a dozen Cabinet Secretaries and governors are buying time before crossing over,” Kang’ata alleged.
Justin Muturi, the National Assembly Speaker, recently said that the President’s allies were abandoning him. His coronation as the Mt Kenya spokesperson caused a split in the region.
“It worries us to witness open rebellion and disrespect for President Uhuru Kenyatta and his leadership in Mt Kenya. I have decided to come to his aid,” Muturi said.