Is President Museveni using DP Ruto to meddle in Kenya’s 2022 elections?

President Museveni has been watching the tribulations facing his ally Ruto in Nairobi with growing alarm.

DP William Ruto’s cancelled trip to Uganda kicks up a storm

By The Weekly Vision

The storm currently brewing in Nairobi over the cancelled private visit by deputy president William Ruto to Uganda may have a heavy bearing on Kenya’s 2022 presidential elections. In the eye of the storm is President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.

President Museveni is now being accused by Kenya’s opposition of using Ruto to “meddle” in next year’s election. Ironically Uganda’s opposition has also faulted DP William Ruto’s frequent visits to Kampala, telling him to stop giving Museveni “undeserved” political stature.

The opposition in Uganda led by Bobi Wine has accused Museveni of having rigged the last presidential election held on January 14 2021 by using security forces. International observers dismissed those elections terming the excise as “neither free nor fair” after heavy security was deployed on Kampala streets and the internet shut.

Youthful populist reggae musician Wine claimed his “victory” was “stolen” in broad daylight, he filed a petition in court but was harassed into withdrawing it. For days heavily armed security personnel surrounded Wines’ house in Kampala keeping him under virtual house arrest with no visitors allowed in.

President Museveni is said to be “scared stiff” of a possible Raila Odinga presidency, sources in Kampala say a possible Odinga government in Kenya would be like a “resurrected” Milton Obote regime

President Museveni has not hidden his support for Kenya’s DP William Ruto in next year’s election. Ruto has been a frequent guest both in Kampala Statehouse and Museveni’s rural home of Rwakitura in Mbarara, western Uganda. He has been giving Ruto the much-needed political support when the DP most needed it. The DP has mostly languished in the political cold at home, shunned and arm-twisted out of most state functions. Many say he should have long resigned than face the humiliation of being blocked from travelling to Uganda by subordinate civil servants.

President Museveni is said to be “scared stiff” of a possible Raila Odinga presidency, sources in Kampala say a possible Odinga government in Kenya would be like a “resurrected” Milton Obote regime, this time round in Nairobi and not in Kampala. Museveni waged a vicious 5 years bush war against Obote’s UPC regime 1980-86 that left 400,000 people dead in the Luwero triangle.

Museveni has been watching the tribulations facing his ally Ruto in Nairobi with growing alarm. Early this year, Ruto was not even allowed near then visiting Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan. The Tanzanian head of state was a guest at several forums and sources claim she demanded to know whether Kenya has a vice president and why he is missing. Samia was vice president until the death of President John Pombe Maguful early this year.

During a major stakeholder’s conference on the Covid-19 at the KICC in Nairobi attended by diplomats and health science researchers, again DP Ruto was nowhere to be seen, this at a state function where even opposition leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula were in attendance. Ruto only became visible during the Madaraka day and national prayer breakfast in early June but his appeals directed at his boss to “mend” fences appeared to have fallen on deaf ears.

Despite sharing a table with his boss, the body language between the two former close allies pointed at a frosty relationship. Political watchers say Uhuru Kenyatta has become “fed up” with his DP “over his assertiveness” and engaging in the 2022 presidential election campaigns as if the office of president is vacant.

Uhuru top troubleshooters David Murathe and COTU boss Francis Atwoli have kept telling Ruto to “forget” the presidency in 2022. What is evident is that with a Raila Odinga presidency in Kenya, Museveni would stop harassing Kenyan fishermen on Migingo island an island Odinga claims belongs to Kenya. It would certainly be no longer be business as usual.

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