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Deputy President Ruto Roots for Lenku’s Governor Bid in Kajiado

Former Interior CS Joseph Lenku addressing a campaign rally at Maasai Technical Training Institute, Kajiado recently. Photo Kurgat Marindany
Former Interior CS Joseph Lenku addressing a campaign rally at Maasai Technical Training Institute, Kajiado recently.

Deputy President, William Ruto, met with Kajiado Jubilee elected leaders in Nairobi on Thursday to endorse Joseph Lenku’s governor bid.

Before the endorsement of Lenku at Weston Hotel near Wilson Airport in the afternoon, before Ruto and Interior CS, Joseph Nkaissery, another meeting had been held at Norfolk Hotel.

At Norfolk Hotel, in a meeting that took 3 hours, Olkeri MCA, Onesmus Ngogoyo had fixed a date for Lenku to meet with several MCAs from Kajiado North and West constituencies led by Deputy County Speaker, George Sunkuyia, Justus Ngosor (Ewuaso Kedong), Mwathe Pere (Ongata Rongai) and others.

Inside impeccable sources said Ngogoyo, who has been campaigning for Lenku’s rival in JP, Tarayia ole Kores, mobilised the MCAs from the former larger Kajiado North constituency after weighing several options.

The insider said Lenku was called in after the MCAs had all been convinced by Ngogoyo that supporting Lenku’s bid for governor is the only assured way of toppling Governor David ole Nkedianye from the throne.

From Norfolk, all the MCAs joined Lenku in driving to Weston Hotel, where they were booked into a VIP lounge as they waited for Deputy President, Ruto and spent another 1 and a half hours in negotiations.

Ngogoyo, today confirmed to KNU along with his Ewuaso Kedong counterpart that indeed they had several meetings which culminated in the one which they met with Ruto.

Our source said before Ruto engaged the elected leaders at Weston Hotel, several issues regarding all the JP candidates were discussed at length including their academic qualifications and weighed several options regarding the incumbent governor against each of all the aspirants.

After exhausting all the options, Ruto asked how Lenku would be propelled and supported in his bid for him to be able to trounce Nkedianye.

It was agreed that a major JP rally would be held in Ngong tomorrow (Saturday) in which all the party MCAs from the county would attend and to be told that Lenku is the preferred candidate for the party.

After the meeting at Weston, Ruto organized for the MCAs present and Lenku to be ferried to State House with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Ngosor said the State House meeting with Kenyatta took almost 2 hours and the Head of State was sufficiently briefed of what had transpired earlier at Norfolk and Weston hotels.

Uhuru, according to a section of leaders who attended the meeting, said he will personally monitor the latest events leading to the April nominations.

With the latest development coming ahead of NASA’s major rally in Kitengela on Sunday, the opposition leaders have promised a bruising battle in support of Nkedianye and to ensure that their candidate remains the only man to beat in the impending elections.

ODM politician Joseph Simel dismissed as a “big joke” Jubilee’s effort to support Lenku against their candidate, Nkedianye, saying that NASA will sweep all the votes in their favour.

“We are happy that they supporting one of the weakest candidate which will work to our advantage in the August elections,” said Simel on the phone.

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