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Sunday 30 November 2014


Kenyan High Commissioner to Tanzania Chirau Mwakwere has hinted that he will give United Republican Party and deputy president William Ruto a hard time in Coast politics come 2017.
Mwakwere who held a secret meeting with former Coast URP aspirants in his Golini home, Kwale county  claimed he has been mistreated and ignored by the deputy president after he lost in the last general elections.
He said had it not been for President Uhuru Kenyatta who appointed him High Commissioner to Tanzania he would still be languishing in the political cold.
Mwakwere said inspite of all the efforts he put up to host and campaign for Ruto in a hostile political zone, the deputy president had decided to give him a cold shoulder when he made appointments that saw some of his juniors in politics rewarded.
“For instance, you saw for yourselves how Ruto picked someone like Mwalimu Digore from Matuga here and appointed him chair of Kenya Maritime Authority in order to humiliate me since people kept on asking me what wrong did I commit as they had seen me host Ruto several times,” a source at the meeting quoted Mwakwere as saying.
He said a few weeks ago, he invited the deputy president to a wedding of his son held at Windsor Hotel in Nairobi, but that Ruto snubbed the event, a clear indication that he did not want anything to do with him. The wedding was graced by among others former President Mwai Kibaki and ex Transport minister Amos Kimunya.
During the last general elections, even though a URP member, he was reported making flattering comments about the deputy president. He at one time held a meeting with then Kwale councillors at the late Njenga Karume’s hotel in Diani and emphasised that he had never left Narc for any other party. He said he did not know what URP meant. He later denied the allegations.

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