Deputy President William Ruto has summoned three of the Msambweni parliamentary by-election aspirants to his Karen home in Nairobi for a strategy meeting.
According to a report by The Standard, the second in command has summoned the three rival candidates for him to get one strong candidate that will face ODM’s Omar Boga.
Sources within the DP’s team said yesterday the three aspirants, Feisal Bader, Bashir Kilalo and Peter Nzuki are set to travel to Nairobi for the consultation.
The meeting comes days after police stopped a meeting at Diani Reef Hotel on Friday that was intended to reach a consensus on who among the three aspirants the DP should support against Raila’s candidate.
“The three aspirants and a handful of their supporters are set to travel to Nairobi for a consensus forum so that the best one can face ODM,” said the source that was quoted by the local daily.
Diani OCS Zachary Nyawara blocked former senators Johnstone Muthama, Hassan Omar and Boni Khalwale from entering the hotel on Friday, claiming the conveners did not properly serve a notice for the meeting.
Candidates are expected to present their nomination papers to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission on October 15.
The candidates are seeking to replace MP Suleiman Dori who died on March 9.
The DP is set to tour Msambweni Constituency, Kwale County on Friday October 16, 2020, ahead of the scheduled mini polls in the region.
According to reports, the second in command was invited by local Imams for a fundraiser.
The DP has been invited for a fundraiser at Bomani village to build an office for Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya in Kwale.
The invite letter dated September 28, this year was signed by Sheikh Abdallah Mfunga, Kwale County chairman for the Council.
Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya, his deputy Fatuma Achani, Lunga Lunga MP Khatib Mwashetani, Kassim Tandaza (Matuga) and Benjamin Tayari (Kinango) are also invited for the fundraiser, in the letter.