Deputy President William Ruto’s allies challenge President Uhuru to bring it on
Key supporters of Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto seem unmoved by plans to have a joint presidential candidate, a plan muted by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga that excludes their man from the mix.
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria in a statement to The Weekly Vision said that Uhuru and Odinga would “lose heavily” in 2022. Kuria challenged the president “to bring it on!”. He is President Uhuru Kenyatta’s rural home MP of Gatundu South, where his father, Jomo Kenyatta occupied the seat before his demise in 1978.
Signs are indicating that William Ruto could lose ground if the emerging massive national alliance remains intact, and the DP camp aware of this is burning the midnight oil to try and rock the Uhuru-Raila boat
But in the wider Mount Kenya region, there are murmurs of a possible “tectonic” political shift if Uhuru were to settle on a popular figure to work with ODM in a coalition like the Kibaki-Odinga of 2007. Signs are indicating that William Ruto could lose ground if the emerging massive national alliance remains intact, and the DP camp aware of this is burning the midnight oil to try and rock the Uhuru-Raila boat. It now appears like an all systems go and no holds barred epic duel to decide Kenya’s next tenant in State House.
Aware of the ticking clock and completely having fallen out with his deputy William Ruto, President Uhuru Kenyatta is casting his net far and wide in “search” for a preferred successor. This despite repeatedly telling the local and international press that he would not favour anybody or name a successor as he refuted claims of hanging on to power after 2022. Watchers had cited the now-stalled BBI move that was meant to create new positions as geared towards re-inventing Kenyatta as “prime minister” the position first held by his late father in 1963.
Unlike the late president Moi who in 2001 announced Uhuru as his heir in ruling party KANU against more senior figures, Uhuru has in the past been playing his cards close to the chest but now appears to have let the cat out of the bag announcing an alliance with his once bitter foe Raila Odinga.
Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju has confirmed that the Jubilee and ODM parties have begun talks aimed at forming a coalition. According to Tuju, the two parties had been cooperating in and out of the August House and were looking for ways to formalize their alliance. “We (Jubilee) want to have active engagement with ODM as we head towards 2022 elections in terms of coming up with an alliance which is in the cards,” Tuju said. Tuju announced that a committee has been constituted and is tasked with developing the framework upon which the coalition will be built. Tuju stated that the committee will submit its conclusions in 14 days and that the political outfit is also open to negotiations with other parties interested in joining them.
President Kenyatta is said to have asked Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, his National Super Alliance (NASA) supporters, and other political leaders to join him at a meeting with Ukambani leaders at State House earlier this week, implying that he could endorse them in 2022.
This fresh development has sparked a political firestorm, with Deputy President William Ruto firing two Twitter salvos at President Kenyatta’s preferred presidential line-up for next year’s election.
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