The Deputy President has to make his bed. How volatile is the state of relationship between Ruto and his homies?
It is not as good as you may think. Kenya is ruled by the principle of “mtu wetu.” How has Ruto handled this issue which is the greatest threat to his political future?
Maybe by the time he takes his tangatanga initiative back at home the bed could be extra messy that he cannot lie on it.
Divisions have emerged among Rift Valley leaders over support for Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.
A clique of Jubilee lawmakers from the region on Sunday issued several demands to be met by Mr Ruto and his allies in order to guarantee their support.
They want, among other things, the woes facing the agriculture sector, specifically maize and dairy, to be conclusively put to rest, as well as the explosive land issue in the Mau Forest complex where thousands of families have been evicted.
Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter and his Cherang’any counterpart Joshua Kutuny have argued that these are the hot issues in the region that need Mr Ruto’s attention.
The next elections will have nothing to do with religion, tribal groupings, past poll deals and funds drives. The DP has lost his grip on Rift Valley because of being misadvised by his political dimwits,” the outspoken MP said.
Mr Ruto, the former Bomet Governor, hosted allies of the DP and other prominent Rift Valley leaders – including sitting governors and MPs – at his Chepalungu home in what is believed to be a scheme to revamp CCM as an alternative political vehicle for the DP should things turn sour in Jubilee party.
But Mr Keter rubbished the scheme as a waste of time, arguing that the DP has in the past dismissed CCM as a non-entity in political circles.
Keiyo South MP Daniel Rono said it was ironical for Mr Ruto to push for national unity when his home turf is in a mess.
“Mr Ruto cannot make a mistake of bringing everyone on board last minute and that’s why he is reaching out to CCM leader Isaac Ruto, and he will also reach out to Gideon Moi. Kalenjin nation have to be united before championing unity for the whole country,” Mr Rono said.
Former ruling party Kanu also enjoys massive support in the Rift Valley and has embarked on a grassroots mobilisation campaign ahead of the elections.
At the same time, Rift Valley leaders are pushing for a Jubilee Parliamentary Group (PG) meeting to air their grievances, among them the thorny Mau Forest evictions issue.
Meanwhile Ruto is in Nyanza where he is expected to launch a number of development projects in Homa Bay and Migori County. Also the move is meant to deepen the ties of the Deputy President in the region which is Raila’s political backyard.
DO YOU THINK DP RUTO CAN MAKE IT TO THE STATE HOUSE WITHOUT RIFT VALLEY LEADERS SUPPORT?