The onslaught on the Deputy President William Ruto has gone a notch higher after recent pronouncements by members of his brigade from the western region. His presidential bid for 2022 is in jeopardy following the sustained attacks from the pro-handshake team from within Jubilee and the opposition. His situation has been worsened by the internal disquiet in his own camp that is evident in decisions by his close allies to back out on him at a time he needs them. The DP had recruited fairly youthful but inexperienced leaders who are not able to navigate national politics and delivery the presidency to him. It is obvious that the leaders who are taking back seats have selfish interests to protect. Out of fear of becoming unpopular with their own electorate in the areas of representation, the likes of Waluke and Barasa are ditching William Ruto wittily. This move is obviously sabotaging the DP at a time he had picked moment in an effort to popularize himself to the kenyan voter.
The Deputy President Ruto held a high-level crisis meeting on March 22 to quell the storm that could have spun some of the leaders that have shown loyalty to him. This was important given the unity of the heavyweights in the opposition who have since declared their determination to thwart William Ruto's in the country. Amidst these fears, a section of the leaders from Western have refuted claims that the DP is losing support and his base in western will crumble completely. MP Ben Washiali has downplayed the remarks and actions of Sirisia and Kimilili legislators saying they were not tantamount to the western support for Ruto. Malava member of parliament Malulu Injendi said that the statements by Barasa and Waluke were personal and had nothing to do with their support for the Deputy President.
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