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2022 presidential race: Blow for Ruto as Gusii allies pledge loyalty to Fred Matiang'i

TUKO 02/18/2021

- The MPs led by Joash Nyamoko (North Mugirango), Shadrack Mose (Kitutu Masaba) and Vincent Kemosi (West Mugirango) vowed to support Matiang'i if he chooses to run for presidency

- The leaders said they would work with the CS as they want him to represent the interests of the Kisii community

- DP William Ruto has made several inroads into the region considered a swing vote block

Deputy President William Ruto has been dealt a blow in his 2022 presidential race after some of his allies from the Gusii region pledged loyalty to Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i.

The Members of Parliament led by Joash Nyamoko (North Mugirango), Shadrack Mose (Kitutu Masaba) and Vincent Kemosi (West Mugirango) vowed to support Matiang'i if he chooses to run for the country's top seat in the next General Election.

Speaking at a funeral service at Tinga in Nyamira county attended by the CS, the leaders said they would work with him as they want him to represent the interests of the Kisii community.

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“I want to tell the CS (Matiang'i) here that I support him fully. Let no one lie to him that we are his enemies. We have no reason to fight him. We cannot go against the will of our people," Nyamoko was quoted by Daily Nation.

The MP said other regions across the country had their leaders giving examples of Ukambani (Kalonzo Musyoka), Mt Kenya (President Uhuru Kenyatta) and Rift Valley led by Deputy President William Ruto and noted the Gusii region needs to unite and speak in one voice.

Nyamoko however, said they will support Ruto for the top seat if Matian'gi does not need declare his ambitions to succeed Uhuru.

In November 2020, Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi who is the DP's point man in the region has announced his defection from Tanga Tanga to the president's side before making a U-turn again.

Maangi has been the main organiser of the many trips Ruto has made to the region over the last two years.

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He has also led numerous delegations to the DP’s Sugoi and Karen residences.

Source: Tuko

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