Ruto camp is scheming Uhuru Ouster, Kieleweke brigade allege

The handshake deal between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga in March 2018 saw the emergence of two major political camps, one in support of the pact named ‘Kieleweke’ and a rival one dubbed ‘Tangatanga’. The latter is largely associated with Deputy President William Ruto.

Pro-Handshake MPs address a press briefing. They claimed that the Ruto camp is hatching a plan to impeach the president [Photo/ Courtesy]

In Brief

– The Tangatanga faction of political players moved to Naivasha on Sunday for a two-day retreat allegedly to discuss the BBI popularization process.

– Members of the rival group Kieleweke have accused them of using the retreat to plot on a path to impeach the president.

– The Tangatanga brigade hit back dismissing the allegations

Pro-handshake Members of Parliament, and who have grouped themselves under a political umbrella dubbed ‘Kieleweke’, have made sensational remarks claiming that their colleagues in the counter movement popularly known as Tangatanga are authoring a motion to impeach President Uhuru Kenyatta. The MPs, who pledge allegiance to the President and to ODM leader Raila Odinga, now claim that the idea was hatched on the sidelines of a twin-day retreat in Naivasha by their counterparts allied to Deputy President William Ruto.

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Addressing a press briefing, the lawmakers led by National Assembly Minority Whip Junet Mohammed dared the alleged schemers to bring on the challenge to the floor of the legislative house, and vowed to marshal numbers to throw it out. They also termed the Deputy President a divisive character accusing him of negating the national unity gains that President Kenyatta has been trying to achieve.

“One of the agenda they discussed in Naivasha, other than the BBI, was the impeachment of the president. We are ready for them; let them bring it to Parliament. We are aware they were collecting signatures to bring to Parliament to impeach President Uhuru Kenyatta. They are too few and minute to the system of governance of this country,” said Junet.

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The agitated MPs further announced a resolve to lock their colleagues in the rival camp out of their nationwide BBI rallies after the latter claimed that they would be organizing parallel assemblies. There were however scanty proving details from the MPs to back up their allegations.

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The Tangatanga group led by Senate Majority leader were quick to hit back, terming the allegations as far-fetched and urging their colleagues to tone down on pronouncements that “breed hate and division.”