The Deputy President William Ruto is just a man who has to prepare to fight many enemies. Whenever he thinks that he has got the situations under control other bombshells erupt.
Maybe we can say that the curse of the Deputy is following him. Just look at Wiper Leader who was once a Vice President? He is just a “nomad.”
William Ruto is now struggling to cement his Presidential bid but it seems he has to fight hard to make it become a reality.
This came as Ford-Kenya, whose leaders were initially seen as allies of Dr Ruto, renewed calls on him to retire alongside President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.
The position taken by the Moses Wetang’ula-led party contradicts that of his deputy, Dr Boni Khalwale, who has been campaigning for Dr Ruto’s 2022 bid.
Mr Wetang’ula is, however, now leading his party in pushing for Dr Ruto’s retirement, a position also taken by former Jubilee Party vice-chairman David Murathe.
Mr Murathe was the first to kick off the debate when he argued that the presidency is a pair, “hence the DP must exit the stage with Mr Kenyatta in 2022.”
Mr Wetang’ula, Ford-Kenya Secretary-General Eseli Simiyu and Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati asked Dr Ruto to go home when his term as the Deputy President ends. The party leader claimed that come 2022, Mr Kenyatta and Dr Ruto will have already led the government for two terms and both should retire after serving as the President and Deputy President, respectively.
Dr Simiyu said: “Under the Constitution, the presidency is occupied by two people — Mr Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto. When the term expires for the President, it also does for his deputy who should also move out.”
Legally, nothing forbids Dr Ruto from running for President, despite having served as the DP. The term limit only apply to the President. But politically, some of his opponents may be seeing a chance to exploit if they stop him from running.
The top leaders in the Mt Kenya group include former presidential aspirants Peter Kenneth, and Martha Karua and former Dagoretti MP Dennis Waweru.