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Uhuru postpones meeting with Jubilee leaders as Ruto storms Ichaweri in Gatundu South

Uhuru postpones meeting with Jubilee leaders as Ruto storms Ichaweri in Gatundu South  

By Justus Karanja

President Uhuru Kenyatta has postponed a meeting with elected leaders from Mt Kenya that had been scheduled for Friday, March 18.

On the say day, rebel Deputy President William Ruto is set to take his campaign rallies to Uhuru’s Ichaweri village in Gatundu South constituency. Ruto will be leading Kenya Kwanza alliance rallies at the heart of President Kenyatta’s family home just days after the head of state publicly packed Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga.

The DP has made recent trips to Kiambu County but this will be the first time in three years that Ruto will return to Gatundu South.

The country’s second in command will make his first stop at Ngenda Ward, where Uhuru casts his vote then proceeds to Kimunyu, Mutomo, Kiamwangi, Mundoro and Kiamwangi.

"We will have five stops in Gatundu South. The last time Ruto was in Gatundu South was three years ago,” Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa told the media.

Two rally stops that are likely to spark interest includes on at the President’s Ichaweri village and another at a Mutomo Village where the First Family is entangled in a land dispute with locals.

Over 160 residents are concerned about the government’s plan to compensate them for acquiring their land to expand the Mama Ngina University.

Kenyans will also be keen to watch how the Kenya Kwanza Alliance of UDA, ANC and Ford Kenya will engage the resident without the support of the President.

Back to Uhuru, he had invited elected leaders who include governors, senators and MPs from his political backyard.

"Good evening Mheshimiwa, I wish to invite you for a meeting of all MPs, Senators and Governors from the Mt Kenya region at State House Nairobi on Friday, 18th March 2022 from 10am. Kindly confirm your attendance now," the president said in a text message to the leaders.

Hours after sending the invite, the president withdrew the invite telling the leaders that the meeting had been postponed to a later date.

In a statement, President Kenyatta said that he has decided to put off the meeting after conducting a wide consultation.

 He said that he will communicate the new dates for the meeting.

"After wide consultations, I have deferred the meeting that was scheduled for tomorrow, Friday 18th March 2022, at Statehouse Nairobi, with MPs, Senators and Governors, from the Mt Kenya region to a later date, which will be communicated to you, in due course," the Head of State said.

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