The two are seen as the face of the contest and the leading contenders in the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta, and have so far managed to overshadow the other aspirants keen on the seat.
But as things stand now, The Standard points out that Raila has succeeded in heaping on Ruto a burden that could render his ambition unachievable, if he fails to undo it and clear his name in the eyes of Kenyans.
This, it says in a special publication, is the corruption issue, which Raila has succeeded in making to look like one of the characteristics of Ruto by using every opportunity he gets to paint the DP corrupt.
It reports that this is indeed a very dangerous tag, especially at a time when Kenyans are very keen on expelling graft, and will take Ruto down if he doesn't manage to clear his name the soonest possible.
"Team Ruto must address the question of corruption. When your adversaries paint you in the colours of a thief, they open up a major credibility gap. The electorate must fear for public property under your watch," it says.
But the paper also points out that this is something that will not be easy to deal with, after Raila and his brigade managed to make it looking like the truth by repeatedly telling it to Kenyans.
It adds that the fact that other aspirants have began using the same tag on Ruto is proof that it has stuck.
"On the other hand, Ruto’s foremost challenge is to shake off the Lord of the Flies tag that Raila has given him. Each one of his competitors uses ‘the war against corruption’ as the entry and exit points," it says, advising him to do all he can to save his name.
Raila has in every rally been accusing the DP of theft of public resources, wondering where he gets the Sh100 million he gives in fundraisers monthly yet his monthly salary is just Sh3 million.
The same has been the case in Uhuru's camp, with allies of the President like Jubilee Party Vice Chair David Murathe saying that he won't handover to a 'thief' when retiring next year.
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