As the nation gravitates towards the 2022 presidential election it is clear that Deputy President William Ruto will be on the ballot in August 2022 but the biggest question in most political pundits and common mwanainchi is who will be the running mate for the man from Sugoi?
Last month local dailies reported that Ruto's search for a running mate in his 2022 State House bid is narrowing to the Mount Kenya and Coast regions, following revelations by his western Kenya supporters that they will settle for Cabinet posts and the implementation of an agreed economic agenda instead.
But a projected schism in the vote-rich Mt Kenya region between the dominant west and their east counterparts has seems to have shaken Deputy President William Ruto's camp in its search for a running mate in the 2022 State House election.
However, while appearing in a radio interview with Radio Jambo on Tuesday morning Ruto dismissed popular political punditry that there was a big crisis in his circles with regards to the picking of his running mate in the 2022 August polls.
"People should stop creating a crisis that is neither here nor there. When the right time comes we shall sit down with other like-minded individuals and pick my running mate," said Ruto.
The Deputy President once again revealed why he associates himself with the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) saying that he felt pushed out of Jubilee which is now courting the Orange Democratic Movement(ODM) a political outfit he can't join.
"Mimi ninapenda kujihusisha na chama kilicho na demokrasia na kwa vile sina njia na siwezi kujihusisha na ODM... Ile Jubilee yote itaenda kwa UDA kwa sabau hawawezi kwenda kwa ODM" said Ruto.
Meru Senator Mithika Linturi, his Murang'a counterpart Irungu Kang'ata, and Prof Kithure Kindiki of Tharaka Nithi, as well as MPs Moses Kuria (Gatundu South) and Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), are said to be eyeing the position. Former Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri, leader of The Service Party, has also set his eyes on it.
Mt Kenya has already been transformed into a battleground region that could sway any serious presidential candidate's 2022 State House bid amid the political uncertainty rocking the landscape.
With President Kenyatta leaving office in 2022, the region has not fielded any serious candidate to succeed the Head of State, as it has in the past, and is proving to be a crucial region for DP Ruto and former Premier Raila Odinga.
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