Deputy president William Ruto is slowly changing his political tact and approaching county governors in a quest to succeed President Kenyatta. According to reports by the Standard Newspaper, the DP had sensed that president Kenyatta will note endorse him promoting different political strategies.
The DP has allegedly approached up to 14 second-time governors and a host other first time governor s to be his allies as he prepares for a heavyweight political battle ahead of him. Last week, the Dap met Kwale county governor Salim Mvurya in a move political pundits see as an approach for the coastal votes. The DP has also appealed to Bomet governor Dr. Hillary Barchok and his Turkana counterpart Josephat Nanok as he tries to galvanize support in the expansive Rift Valley region.
However, this new path will not be easy since governors are expected to tow party lines and support their political parties. Therefore, few first term governors will risk losing their party's support to back the deputy if they are not assured of winning another term. Further, second term governors are also looking for soft landing and will be looking for their best interests and not those for DP Ruto. Additionally, the DP is moving from national coverage and focusing on individual regions after encountering stumbling blocs with his national "Hustlers Nation" movement.
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