The deputy president Dr William Ruto summoned Members of Parliament from Gusii community who seems to have changed their course and started drumming support for Dr Fred Matiangi the interior cabinet secretary for presidency in 2022 , Gusii Star can authoritatively reveal.
The Meeting which was held at Ruto’s Karen Home comes just after calls from Nyamira Senator Okongo Omogeni recently asked other leaders from the region to endorse and support Matiang’I for the top seat come 2022 in a fundraiser at Gesiaga Secondary School recently.
The meeting which was largely attended by top Gusii leaders including Kisii senator prof Sam Ongeri, Kisii County women representative Janet Ongera, Borabu Mp Ben Momanyi, Nyamira County women representative Jerusa momanyi, Nyamira governor John Nyagarama among other county leadership .
In the meeting each speaker asked residents to accord CS Dr Fred Matiangi support and endorse him for the top country’s’ job come 2022.
This seems to have touched the deputy president’s nerve since it rumoured that he has been bankrolling most mps from Nyamira and kisii counties.
Sources close to the leaders informed Gusii star that the deputy president was furious and dressed down those mps who attended the meeting and spoke of Matiangi running for presidency. It further rumoured that the deputy president asked the said members to arrange for a quick counter rebuttal meetings in Kisii and Nyamira soonest.
North Mugirango Mp Joash Nyamoko, Kitutu Masaba Mp Shadrack Mose who have been in the front-line fronting Ruto’s agenda in the region and who skipped the fundundraiser are believed to have been tasked for the arrangement of the next meetings in Gusii-land.
“We can not deny of the meeting nor accept that it took place those insinuating so have their own intentions. We usually met our Deputy President for development talks concerning our region”, an MP who sought anonymity over the same told Gusii star.
On Friday, the duo who had arranged a meeting were force to cancel it in the eleventh hour due to the fear they will receive a hostile reception in North Mugirango.
The Matiangi, Ruto political tug of war is going to be interesting to watch as the no nonsense cabinet secretary seems to gain support not only in Gusii-land but now with the full backing of Raila Odinga who is a force to reckon with when it comes to Nyanza politics.
Who will stand firm in which corner and be counted. Time will tell. As of now Ruto who was enjoying the support of veteran politicians Richard Onyonka, Samuel Arama, Ben Momanyi who have recently denounced his camp.