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Details of 30 phone calls Ruto made before naming running mate

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By Judith Gicobi

New information has emerged about the 17-hour session that preceded the announcement of Rigathi Gachagua as Deputy President William Ruto’s running mate.

The Mathira Member of Parliament mentioned in an interview on Sunday, May 15, that the meeting was a formality to ensure that everyone in the alliance was in agreement.

He stated that the DP had already decided, but that the Kenya Kwanza needed consensus to guarantee that everyone was on the same page.

Before selecting Gachagua as his chosen candidate, Ruto is reported to have made up to 30 phone calls to residents in 11 counties.

Several leaders attended the meeting in his Karen home, including National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, and former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo. The DP’s outbound phone  conversations were on loudspeaker.

“Other than the listening to the MPs, the DP made 30 calls in each of the 11 counties and talked to different people to collect their views. He didn’t want to make a mistake. He was making calls and putting them on speakerphone,” Gachagua elaborated.

The calls were made to counties including as Nyeri, Murang’a, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Tharaka Nithi, and Meru.

Gachagua further stated that the DP had already decided on his running mate but chose not to make such a “momentous decision” late at night, therefore the postponing to Sunday.

Ruto chose Gachagua as his running mate on Sunday, beating out other candidates such as Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki and Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru.

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