Kasarani MP Ronald Karauri. [Source/Nation]
Out of the 12 Independent Members of Parliament, Kasarani legislator Ronald Karauri and Migori Woman Representative Fatuma Mohamed were the only ones not supporting President William Ruto.
During the voting of the National Assembly Speaker last week, the duo backed Kenneth Marende who was being sponsored by Raila Odinga-led Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party.
Now, moments after Ruto took oath office as the country's fifth President, Karauri announced he has shifted camps and would henceforth support the agenda of Kenya Kwanza government in Parliament.
"It’s done. I believe that @WilliamsRuto can do it. I will support 100%," he tweeted.
Karauri, the CEO of giant betting company SportPesa, is also an award-winning pilot and wealthy businessman.
He decided to vie as an independent candidate after Jubilee Party chose Mercy Gakuya to be its flagbearer in the August 9 general election.
Karauri polled 32,406 votes. His closest rival John Njoroge (UDA) polled 30,444 while Gakuya got 24,790 votes.
His decision to support Kenya Kwanza is a major boost for Ruto in his war to control the National Assembly with Azimio.
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