Deputy President William Ruto is said to be the force behind the push to have Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa be Jubilee’s Nairobi gubernatorial candidate in 2017
DP Ruto has apparently held to meetings with Nairobi politicians in order to strategize and popularize Wamalwa in the county
Deputy President William Ruto is said to be the one pushing for Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa to be Jubilee’s gubernatorial candidate in Nairobi in 2017.
According to a report on the Daily Nation, Ruto first held a meeting to discuss Eugene Wamalwa’s candidacy in May.
“Ruto met the Nairobi County Assembly Jubilee leadership at his office two months ago to discuss ways of mobilising support for Eugene Wamalwa,” the paper reported on Thursday, August 4.
The meeting held in Ruto’s office, the paper reported, was attended by Deputy Minority Leader Patrick Ngaruiya, Minority Whip Hashim Kamau, Deputy Minority Whip Michael Wainaina and MCA Millicent Mugadi
The politicians resolved that the county leaders would begin campaigning for Eugene Wamalwa before the minister makes his announcement.
The DP is said to have held another meeting with 63 Nairobi MCAs on the night of Tuesday, August 2. Kamau said the meeting had nothing to do with Eugene Wamalwa.
“The MCAs were invited for dinner at his Spring Valley home in Lower Kabete last night (Tuesday). It was just a get-together. The dinner was also attended by MPs and former legislators from western,” Kamau told Daily Nation.
Ruto’s said moves are said to have angered Jubilee MPs in Nairobi.
Reports indicate that four MPs – Starehe’s Maina Kamanda, John Njoroge (Kasarani), James Gakuya (Embakasi) and Benson Mutura (Makadara) – stormed the DP’s office and confronted him over Wamalwa’s candidacy.
According to The Star, the MPs warned Ruto that they would not support his 2022 presidential bid if he did not stop meddling in the Nairobi politics.
“He was told that if this continues, the Kikuyus in Nairobi will consider their position, especially after next elections. He was also reminded that it is he who will need the community after the 2017 elections and not the other way round,” The Star quoted one of the politicians.
Ruto, however, defended himself saying he was not the mastermind of the plan to impose Eugene Wamalwa as the Jubilee Alliance Party candidate.