Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua has criticised a section of opposition politicians and Jubilee Party leaders who are opposed to Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.
Mr Gachagua said the anti-Ruto group, commonly known as ‘Kieleweke’, is dividing the country. The legislator accused the group of working against the Building Bridges Initiative which was started by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
“The ‘rebels’ and the ‘outsiders’ should stop insulting the DP in churches, Mt Kenya voters know their commitment to Dr Ruto and they do not need to be lectured,” said Mr Gachagua.
He said that the ‘Stop Ruto Movement’ that is led by nominated MP Maina Kamanda and former Jubilee Party vice chair David Murathe wants to cause a rift between the President and his deputy.
He attributed the squabbles in the ruling party to Mr Odinga’s support for President Kenyatta.
He also alleged that Mr Odinga’s political truce with President Kenyatta had killed the peaceful co-existence among members of the Jubilee party.
“We will continue supporting the President and the ‘handshake’ as well as his interests in Parliament,” said Mr Gachagua while distributing bursary cheques worth Sh27 million to needy students at Karatina Railway grounds on Sunday.
The legislator added that the Kikuyu community is positioning itself well ahead of the 2022 General Election to ensure they remain in the government.
“We are supporting Dr Ruto because he is a friend to the Kikuyu community and has been supporting President Kenyatta. Support for Dr Ruto in Central is unwavering,” he said.
Mr Gachagua faulted Mr Odinga for criticising politicians’ financial donations to churches. “We will continue supporting churches,” he said.