Tension in Rift Valley as President Kenyatta locks horns with his DP

DP William Ruto

Western diplomatic sources say that US President Joe Biden issued a terse statement from the White House saying that Kenya remained an important and a close ally and a vital strategic partner in the war against terror and would not be allowed to descend into chaos

By The Weekly Vision Online

Anxiety has gripped residents in parts of the Rift valley following the continued war of words between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto that appears headed for a big fall-out.

As DP Ruto cries foul over the withdrawal of his GSU security team from his Karen office and his Sugoi home alarmed western nations led by the US and the ICC have warned that “Kenya would not be allowed to return to 2007-08 deadly post-election violence.”

Western diplomatic sources say that US President Joe Biden issued a terse statement from the White House saying that Kenya remained an important and a close ally and a vital strategic partner in the war against terror and would not be allowed to descend into chaos. The Sources who have been following events in Nairobi with growing alarm have already sent ‘peace monitors” in Rift valley to monitor the growing political tension arising from differences between the president and his deputy.

ICC judges are understood to have dispatched “peace monitors” to potential hot spots, trying to avoid a situation similar to the 2007-09 deadly post-election chaos that claimed 1350 lives, displaced 650,000 mainly in the Rift valley

The ICC has also expressed similar concerns as the US saying Kenya’s was once again at the “crossroads” of a critical political transition as the country goes into the 2022 presidential elections.

The relationship between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto appears headed for a big fall-out

ICC judges are understood to have dispatched “peace monitors” to potential hot spots, trying to avoid a situation similar to the 2007-09 deadly post-election chaos that claimed 1350 lives, displaced 650,000 mainly in the Rift valley, and left property worth billions destroyed.

Kapsaret MP Oscar Sudi who appeared to be reading the public mood has appealed to all residents of the Rift valley to continue living in peace despite the apparent fall-out between Uhuru and Ruto. Mr Sudi, a close ally to DP Ruto told impromptu rallies that there was no need for “panic” over the political storm in Nairobi saying differences at the top do not mean a return to “old rivalries”. Sudi said the differences between Uhuru and Ruto would soon be “ironed out’ as the country was greater than the ambitions of two individuals.

Central Kenya Ruto allies led by Kimani Ichungwa, Moses Kuria and Sarah Kihika have thrown their weight behind the DP referring to a recent opinion poll that shows the deputy president leading with 44.8 per cent against his closest challenger Raila Odinga at 29 per cent. Most central Kenya residents in Rift valley are furious with Uhuru blaming him for badly mishandling his deputy saying the Kikuyu-Kalenjin resolved in 2012 to bury the hatchet and cobble a coalition.

Kalenjin professionals under the Marakwet lobby chaired by Dr John Kibosia urged the president to reconcile with his deputy who had stood with him through ‘thick and thin” saying the country is headed “the wrong way” if the exchanges erupt into a collapse of the government.

Dr Kibosia wondered why the two men now find it hard to read from “one script yet in a much worse scenario Uhuru had made peace with Odinga despite the latter’s open revolt and treasonous act when he ‘swore himself in at Uhuru park as the Peoples president”?

The war of words between Uhuruto who in 2012 buried the animosity between their Kikuyu-Kalenjin communities and went on to win closely contested 2013 and 2017 elections, now threatens to re-ignite old wounds with a possible regression into violent political polarization.

The NCCK, the Evangelical churches, the Civil society and the NGO council of Kenya have all echoed calls for a “ceasefire” between the top two leaders who they want to lead by example and stop dividing Kenyans. NGO Council of Kenya chairman Stephen Cheboi has repeated calls to the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) led by Reverend Philip Kobia to “summon” the two leaders over their “inflammatory” statements.

Cheboi said the “presidency” which includes the DP is a “symbol of national unity” warning that both men have followers who agreed to work together in peace for a common goal. “What has now changed?” he posed.

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