Allignments are setting up at a higher speed as the 2022 elections approach. Most politicians have begun to shift their loyalties to camps that will favor their chances of re-election. Others have retreated to opening development projects to the locals, in a mission to win the hearts of voters. Being in good terms with the electorate remains the only way for political survival right now.
This case is similar in Mt Kenya region which of late have appeared to be sharply divided into two camps namely, Kieleweke and Tangatanga. Kieleweke faction supports president Uhuru Kenyatta and his handshake partner Raila Odinga while Tangatanga supports William Ruto and his quest for presidency.
Over the recent past, some leaders previously belonging to Kieleweke camp have shifted to working with the deputy president, William Ruto. Among them is Murang'a senator Irungu Kang'ata and Isaac Mwaura. They have even offered to drum support for Ruto's candidature in the entire Mt Kenya region.
Last week, Mukurweini MP, Anthony Kiai, said that he had decamped from Ruto's side because of his stand on the BBI. The MP said that his constituency, Mukurweini, was among those to be merged with other neighbouring constituencies due to a lower population. This situation made him therefore support BBI to protect his constituency from diminishing. The MP said this during an interview at Inooro TV last week.
His message was not warmly welcomed by a section of his Constituents most of whom seemed to support William Ruto. They criticized him for decamping from Ruto's side warning him of a possibility of losing his seat in the next election.
However, today, April 12, the lawmaker has softened his stand. Anthony Kiai was speaking in a political interview at Mt Kenya TV where he disclosed of a high possibility of returning back to Tangatanga. The legislator said that he is seeing himself working again with Ruto in the near future.
"Even though we have a different stand on BBI with the DP, he remains to be my personal friend. In fact, I see myself work with him in the near future. But all in all its my people of Mukurweini who will give me directions though my stand on BBI will remain as it is," alluded the parliamentarian. Watch video.
Kiai who was formerly a Tangatanga before going to Kieleweke seems to be on his way back to Ruto's camp. Other politicians who have shown similar intentions is the Laikipia women representative, Cate Waruguru.
Anthony Kiai, MP Mukurweini.
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