As the saying goes, it is not over until it is over! It is just the other day when everything seemed to be going wrong for deputy president William Ruto. Until 5 high court judges halted the BBI reggae declaring it unconstitutional, null and void handing Ruto a fresh lease of political life!
Then a beaming Ruto, 56, Tweeted on his post that there is a “God in heaven who loves Kenya” before erupting into celebrations with his supporters. Now results of the by-election on May 18 is the icing on the celebration cake for Ruto whose candidates have trounced President Uhuru Kenyatta’s jubilee candidate in his home turf of Kiambu!
DP Ruto, 56, Tweeted on his post that there is a “God in heaven who loves Kenya” before erupting into celebrations with his supporters.
Uhuru, 61, is serving his second and last term and was widely expected to “re-invent” himself through the BBI constitutional amendments that were to create new positions. He steps down from power August 2022, and many say he is likely headed to retirement if BBI flops in the courts.
Sources at State house told The Weekly Vision that Uhuru is bitter with his advisers in Mount Kenya who include vice-chairman David Murathe, and COTU boss Francis Atwoli for “peddling lies” about the popularity of ruling party Jubilee in central Kenya.
Atwoli has kept claiming that Ruto is not “electable” and that he would fail in 2022! Yet now the ground is sending a completely different message!
The source divulged that after the IEBC announced the results in Juja as won by Mr. George Koimburi of the People’s Empowerment Party (PEP), a furious Uhuru was asking himself how “the hell this could happen in his kitchen!”
Mount Kenya politicians who include Muranga senator Irungu Kangata had warned President Uhuru, they now say he’s “reaping what he sowed” when he refused to listen to “sound political” advice by Kikuyu elders.
The PEP is an outfit linked to fiery Gatundu South legislator Moses Kuria, a bitter Uhuru critic, and allied to Deputy President William Ruto. Koimburi won the Juja Parliamentary seat with an impressive 12,159 votes, flooring his main challenger Jubilee candidate Susan Njeri, who came in second with 5,764. There were 9 other candidates who have since conceded defeat but Ms Njeri the widow of late Juja MP Francis Munyua Waititu who died in February this year has cried foul demanding for vote recount. Njeri claims her victory was “stolen”.
But some senior Mount Kenya politicians who include Muranga senator Irungu Kangata are warning that President Uhuru is “reaping what he sowed” when he refused to listen to “sound political” advice by Kikuyu elders. The fact that a Ruto’s candidate could floor Kenyatta’s choice in his home county of Kiambu has sent alarm bells ringing ahead of the 2022 transition elections.
A bitter Uhuru has told off Murathe and Atwoli terming their advice “bogus and useless” and is reported to have blocked their phone lines and ordered them never to step in State house!
In January this year Kangata wrote an open letter to the President stating that BBI was unpopular, central Kenya would not vote for Raila in 2022, and that a national referendum would fail in central Kenya. For his trouble, Uhuru dismissed Kangata’s letter telling an attentive funeral audience during the burial of mother to ANC party chief Musalia Mudavadi, that “let them continue writing!” Uhuru also took on some of Ruto’s hardliners in Rift valley to stop dragging his “family” in their political tribulations saying “waendelea kuchoka” referring to sentiments in Nandi and Kericho by Ruto’s allied MPs and senators who accused Kenyatta of regarding Kenya as their “farm-land” retorting that he should “finish his term and go home.” A furious president told off the legislators before camping for one week at the Sagana hotel meeting MCAs, youth and women groups.
A bitter Uhuru has told off Murathe and Atwoli terming their advice “bogus and useless” and is reported to have blocked their phone lines and ordered them never to step in State house! At the Orange House, despite ODM winning the Bonchari seat narrowly against UDA-Ruto backed candidate, party supremo Raila Odinga is not mincing words! Odinga is alarmed at the changing political fortunes for his handshake partner in central Kenya, whose massive support he is counting on to win the 2022 presidential election. Odinga, a 4-time presidential contender is widely described as astute and cunning, a master of Kenya’s political chessboard. Insiders say it is now only a matter of time before ODM changes tactics and abandons the “handshake” as no longer tenable. Koimburi’s victory follows an election day marked by poor turnout, bribery claims and an evening of chaos that led to the suspension of vote tallying.
Voter turnout stood at 18.91 per cent of total registered voters. Juja has 115,632 registered voters according to the IEBC registry, 21,862 ballots were cast across Juja’s 184 polling stations. When it appeared that Ruto’s backed PEP candidate had taken an early lead, Ms Njeri stormed out of the tallying centre claiming she had been rigged out, demanding that IEBC stop the counting process and start afresh! Njeri also alleged that her votes had been interfered with at several polling stations.
On Tuesday night May 18, chaos erupted at the Mangu tallying centre after goons stormed the venue. They claimed that Ms Njeri was being rigged out, as they attempted to cart away some ballot boxes. IEBC issued a statement later that night accusing Kiambu County Governor James Nyoro of hooliganism that made it impossible for counting to proceed.
Counting then resumed on Wednesday morning, IEBC boss Wafula Chebukati was present at the tallying centre. He assured voters and candidates of a transparent counting process.
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