As the scramble for the vote rich Mount Kenya region continue there is only one key political figure who seems to be on top of all the others in terms of the region’s support and that is the Deputy President William Ruto.
Ruto has managed to woo many politicians from the region to join his side ahead of the 2022 presidential contest however the latest political intrigues in the region is likely to overturn his fortunes and make it very difficult for him to continue making inroads in the region.
Emergence of many ambitious leaders in the region
For close to four years Ruto has been enjoying the support of the region’s MPs, Senators, Governors and the MCAs however it has now started to get a little turbulent for the Deputy President due to emergence of many ambitious politicians from the region who now feels that they should be at the ballot as presidential candidates.
Apart from the region’s political old guards like Martha Karua and Peter Kenneth many other ambitious leaders like Speaker Muturi, Mwangi Kiunjuri and Moses Kuria are likely to go for the country’s top seat when that time comes. Moses Kuria for instance was one of the ardent followers of DP Ruto until recently when he decided to go his way and follow his own path.
Most of these popular Mount Kenya leaders have their own parties which they are very keen to strengthen ahead of 2022 elections. This has made things difficult for Ruto because none of them is willing to fold up his party to join the party affiliated to the Deputy President William Ruto. In fact, it is said that perhaps it is the issue of party-folding that may have led to Kuria’s temporary exit from the Tangatanga brigade about 2 months ago.
The Tough Conditions
About a week ago Moses Kuria stirred up mixed feelings in the Kenyan political arena after he categorically stated that whoever is interested into getting into an alliance with Mount Kenya region must give them the post of the Deputy President and 40% of the government appointments. The question that many Kenyans asked is that; where does the rest of Kenyans go if 40% will be given to one region.
It a question that may look simple for other presidential aspirants but not to DP Ruto who is likely to get a running mate from that region. Suppose Kuria’s bare minimums will be the basis of a negotiation between DP Ruto and the region’s leaders then Ruto will have a great nightmare given the fact that the constitution also speaks about regional balance when sharing the national cake.
The Great Fallout with the President
Despite the fact that President Uhuru Kenyatta is about to retire from politics, he is still the regional kingpin of the Mount Kenya region and his influence is not something to ignore. Ruto’s unfortunate fallout with President Uhuru Kenyatta is likely to affect his popularity in the region if he doesn’t make peace with the president early.
It could have done him a lot of justice if he could have received the blessing of the president in the region before polls. One may argue that it doesn’t matter but it must be remembered that despite the fact that there are some MPs from the region who have openly defied the president in support of Ruto, there are also many whose loyalty remained with the president and that will still count come 2022.
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