Just a month after President Uhuru Kenyatta led his Mt. Kenya(GEMA) community brigade in a regional meeting at Sagana Lodge, Deputy President William Ruto will lead his RiftValley(KAMATUSA) regional block meeting at Kajiado this week.

As of last evening, the organisers were contemplating expanding the attendance to involve leaders from the Kalenjins, Maasai, Samburu and the Turkana under the Kamatusa umbrella.

Last month, Uhuru held a similar meeting with Gema leaders, bringing together Gikuyu, Embu and Meru leaders.

“We will meet to go through the report sentence by sentence and analyse what the recommendations mean to us as a community,” Soi MP Caleb Kositany who is among the organisers said yesterday.

According to Kositany, the meeting is open to all leaders from the Rift Valley irrespective of their political persuasion.

 “All Rift Valley leaders have been invited to attend be it from Jubilee, Kanu or Chama Cha Mashinani, they are all welcome,” Kositany said.

But Jubilee nominated MP David Sankok said they will also use the retreat to review Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid. According to Sankok, all the Rift Valley counties will back one presidential candidate.

 “As a region, we want to approach 2022 as one of the most organised regions ever. We have our son and brother, the Deputy President running for President and we must support him fully,” he said.

Deputy President William Ruto in a political tour. PHOTO | BNC

Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny, however, dismissed the planned meeting as "irrelevant and for self-seekers pushing their agenda but will attend".

“For all these years they have been in power, none of them has called a meeting for the community to discuss key issues including the problems our people face,” Kutuny said.

Kutuny said plans are underway for a parallel meeting which will scrutinise the report and rally the region to support it. He said the splinter group is headed by former Bomet governor and Chama Cha Mashinani party leader Isaac Rutto.

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