Mt Kenya MPs criticise Kabogo over remarks touching on DP Ruto's Presidential bid
09 June 2016, 15:23
Nairobi - Some Central Kenya MPs have told off Kiambu Governor William Kabogo over his remarks that Deputy President William Ruto should forget the region's support in 2022.
Four legislators Wednesday led by Starehe MP Maina Kamanda told Kabogo to desist from commenting on national politics and concentrate on challenges facing Kiambu County.
They claimed Kabogo "has felt the heat" following the Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu's decision to challenge him for the governorship election next year.
Kabogo while speaking at Juja reportedly said Mount Kenya voters will not automatically back Ruto in 2022 to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta although there was a 2013 pre-election agreement between the two Jubilee principals.
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Kabogo said the agreement will not be automatically honored but there will be fresh discussions into the matter.
"It is absurd to hear what Kabogo uttered and intends to create bad-blood with other communities. He should leave national politics to the President. Ruto has done a lot for Central Kenya and is viewed as one of us. He has already sold himself to the region and we assure him of our support," said Kamanda.
Makadara MP Benson Mutura cautioned Kabogo against making general comments regarding Mount Kenya politics on grounds "he is not our spokesperson."
Kiharu MP Irungu Kang'ata also dismissed the claims.
"Ruto is very different from other aspirants who have been wooing Mount Kenya voters. He is in touch with politicians from the region, visiting the region a lot and is seen as one of us," he said.
They spoke at a press conference held at Parliament Buildings.
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