Prior to the 2013 general elections, Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto turned their indictment at the International Criminal Court (ICC) into an anti-imperialist tactic that gave their rivals a run for their money. Kenyans love people who struggle and fight for survival. Someone who stands up against great odds is often a hero, regardless of the nature of the fight. Conversely, the likes of Musalia Mudavadi and Kalonzo Musyoka who are not known to be strong in fighting for political survival, barely stir public emotion.
Today, the Deputy President is the only person among the political bigwigs who seems to be going through a dearing situation, especially after the "handshake" between his boss and his main rival Raila Odinga.
Here are the reasons why DP Ruto has a greater chance of becoming the 5th president of Kenya:
1: Uhuru's betrayal
The Deputy President has kept his head high despite his boss's betrayal by endorsing ODM leader Raila Odinga. As it stands now, the President is practically more close to Ruto's main rival and has allegedly kicked him out of government and the ruling party. Nonetheless, Ruto has stayed strong and refused to buckle despite the pressure that developed.
2. BBI's Initial Downfall
When the Constitution Ammendment Bill came, Ruto was the only top leader who courageously opposed the bill and even dared to attend the BBI report launch at Bomas to oppose it. Ruto showed Kenyans how courageous and determined he is even when fighting against what seems impossible. When the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) was stopped by both High Court and Court of Appeal, many Kenyans saw the fruits of his fighting spirit.
3: Hustler Nation
The Deputy President is giving hope to the economically unflavored citizens (Hustlers) using his own money. Ruto has distanced himself from the "dynasties" despite being the second in command in the government, and has resorted associating mostly with the "hustlers nation" which makes the majority population in Kenya.
4: Incumbency Advantage
In the Kenyan history, most presidential candidates from the government likely win the elections. Despite Ruto distancing himself frim the government, he is still the Deputy President. He has the advantage of incumbency.
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