Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has threatened to withdraw his support for Deputy President William Ruto over a power-sharing deal within the Kenya Kwanza alliance.
In the deal, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi will take up the Prime Cabinet Secretary position should Kenya Kwanza win the August 9th elections while his Ford-Kenya counterpart Moses Wetang’ula will become Speaker of the National Assembly.
Mudavadi and Wetang’ula will take up 30 percent of the government, and will propose several cabinet secretaries, principal secretaries, and ambassadors, among other positions. The president and deputy president positions are reserved for Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party.
Addressing a public rally in Thika on Thursday, Kabogo said the power-sharing deal contained in a coalition agreement deposited with the Registrar of Political Parties does not specify what the Mount Kenya region will get and wants Ruto to shed some light on the matter.
"I want to send a message. I have seen the coalition agreement between UDA, Ford Kenya, and ANC. When I met the deputy president in Dubai, I told him I don't want anything from his government. The only thing I want is for you to share resources based on the population to ensure the Mt Kenya region gets its fair share of the government revenue,” said Kabogo.
"I didn't see that in the coalition agreement. If that is not rectified to capture the interest of the people living in Mt Kenya, then we will have to leave.”
Kabogo, who is the leader of the Tujibebe Wakenya party, warned that he will leave the alliance if Ruto's power structure is not revised to include the people of the Mt. Kenya region.
“We will ditch the (Kenya Kwanza) coalition, even if only 10 of us agree to leave. And, thereafter, Kenyans will know what I had seen that necessitated my exit from Kenya Kwanza,” he added.