After declaring his support for Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential ambition and stating that his party can cooperate with Ruto’s UDA just a few days ago, former Kiambu governor William Kabogo has threatened to withdraw his support. Mr Kabogo told assembly hopefuls under his Tujibebe Wakenya Party in Nyeri County on Tuesday that if he doesn’t get a written financial blueprint in two months, he’ll leave the Kenya Kwanza Alliance. According to Kabogo, DP Ruto has pledged to prepare a financial strategy outlining how the Mt Kenya region will benefit from his administration if he is elected president.
“At the time, I am in Kenya Kwanza,” he said, “but on the condition that Ruto delivers a written document in two months on how he intends to manage economic concerns in our region, and if he fails to do so, I may alter my decision.” “I only have one vote, and unless I have a reason not to vote, it will go to DP Ruto if I vote today.” But if something happens that forces him to change his mind, he says, “I will vote for myself as president.”
Mr. Kabogo added that when he approached Kenya Kwanza, they agreed that any additional funds for devolution should be distributed based on the population of the counties rather than using the one man, one vote, one shilling method, which could harm other counties. “We can leave the counties as they are so that they receive the minimal equal share, but any additional funds will be distributed based on population, as agreed with the DP.” But I told him I needed it in writing,” he explained. Kabogo intends to run for governor of Kiambu.
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