Ex-Nairobi deputy governor Jonathan Mueke is the newest member of Deputy President William Ruto’s political camp christened Tanga Tanga.
Mueke, who is eyeing the Kitui gubernatorial seat in 2022 met Ruto on July 30, at his Karen residence.
Accompanied by Former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, and Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwah, the former deputy to Evans Kidero was officially ushered into the hustler nation.
“Caught up with WilliamsRuto and got to hear first hand how his bottom-up economic model will uplift the majority of Kenyans and grow our economy to a point where we can compete with other well-established economies. I am truly excited to be part of this journey,” Jonathan Mueke wrote in a tweet.
The ex-Nairobi deputy governor was until decamping, a member of Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Party.
However, Jonathan Mueke’s ambition to succeed Kitui governor Charity Ngilu has been meted by resistance from Kitui residents.
On July 27, a group of youths hijacked Mueke’s motorcade, hurling insults at him, warning him against his gubernatorial bid.
Kitui governorship is sure a hard nut to crack for the ex-Nairobi deputy governor since the incumbent, Charity Ngilu will be defending her seat in 2022.
Mueke’s entry into DP Ruto’s camp comes when the second in command has attracted many of his former political foes.
On July 21, Laikipia Woman Representative Cate Waruguru shocked many by decamping to Ruto’s camp.
Waruguru, who had been a staunch supporter of Uhuru said she made that decision because that is where her people want her to be.
“I am a smart woman with both my ears on the ground to listen to the people. I have gone to more than 40 meetings and the people are saying William Ruto Tosha 2022,” Waruguru said while announcing her defection.
Earlier, DP Ruto’s camp had also welcomed Kiambu Woman Representative Gathoni Wa Muchomba, who was also a diehard of President Uhuru.