Kenyans are expected to go to election period in the next 15 -16 months from today. There has been for the last two months, speculations on a possibility of DP William Ruto working together with the ODM party leader Raila Odinga ahead of the 2022 elections.
[Photo: ODM party leader Raila Odinga/Twitter]
This comes few days after rumors circulated that president Uhuru Kenyatta was preferring and would support an alliance between ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi, KANU party leader Gideon Moi and Wiper Party leader Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka.
The speculations have ballooned for the last few days now.
This is after ODM deputy party leader and Kakamega county governor Wycliffe Oparanya, met with the deputy president, William Ruto in a closed door meeting with the agenda best known to them.
The meeting, according to rumors is said to have been focussed on forming an alliance between the deputy president and the Kakamega county boss ahead of the 2022 general election.
Governor Wycliff Oparanya was again spotted with his ODM party leader Raila Odinga a day after meeting the second in command. He also confirmed that his party boss was aware of his meeting with DP William Ruto.
Following the meeting between Oparanya and DP William Ruto, one Member of Parliament from Mt. Kenya and Nyeri town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu, has uttered his sentiments him on the ongoing debate and speculations of Ruto -Raila alliance, dubbed "RARUA".
The Nyeri town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu has argued that the DP William Ruto and Raila Odinga coalition cannot win the presidency here in Kenny. The vocal Kieleweke Member of Parliament, and a close ally of president Uhuru Kenyatta has said that such an alliance would result to a strong united Mt Kenya people who would vote against the two leaders.
[Photo: Deputy president Williams Ruto(right) with ODM party leader Raila Odinga/Twitter]
Ngunjiri Wambugu has agreed that DP William Samoei Ruto enjoys massive support from Mt Kenya region because many people see him as the best person who can beat their long time rival and ODM party leader Raila Odinga.
Nguniri has gone further to say that; "if the two top leaders come together, Mt Kenya people would support an alternative coalition, which would win the presidential seat and form the next government after 2022 general election."
The vocal member of parliament argues that the 8 million votes from the vote rich Mt. Kenya region will be a huge boost to an alternative coalition and therefore the DP William Ruto and Raila Odinga alliance will flop early in the morning.
[Photo: Deputy president William Ruto/Twitter]
Ngunjiri further described DP William Ruto and ODM party leader Raila Odinga as smart and experienced politicians and therefore said that he does not think that the two can form a coalition.
This is because they know they will lose the election together and another candidate who does not support Raila Odinga will win against the duo.
Other Mount Kenya leaders have also voiced out their plans to ditch the deputy president's hustler nation movement if he will agree to form a coalition with their longtime rival and ODM party leader Raila Odinga.
"If Ruto goes ahead and forms a coalition with Raila Odinga, I can tell you without fear that all MPs who support Ruto from the vote rich basket will abandon him, I being in the frontline, " Ms Ngirici said.
The sentiments by Catherine Ngirici have also been supported by Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua, who is a close ally to DP William Ruto but has denied any talks between DP William Ruto and ODM party leader Raila Odinga.
Ruto has a network of vocal MPs from the Mt. Kenya region who have been supporting his 2022 presidential bid, and who have also helped him enjoy the good friendship from the Mount Kenya region.
Political analysts have said that DP William Ruto should approach the alliance with the former Prime Minister Raila with alot of caution, otherwise, he will lose the grip of Mt. Kenya region, a region that has for long been opposed to Raila Odinga's presidency.
Apart from the hurdles of the Ruto - Raila alliance, the Building Bridges Initiative has once again suffered huge setback from the top leaders in the government and also president Uhuru Kenyatta's top allies.
This comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta through his close ally Charles Mututi Kigano came out to reveal why the much awaited referendum will be impossible to be held in either June or July this year.
[Photo: Deputy President William Ruto(left) with ODM party leader Raila Odinga during a past event/Twitter]
According to the news by Citizen TV the BBI Secretariat leader reported that the BBI process is currently facing a myriad of challenges, both in the government and from various parts of the country.
This will therefore, according to Kitano make it impossible for a country which is preparing for the upcoming 2022 general election as well as fighting the rising number of Corona virus disease and pandemic, to think of holding a referendum in near future.
Does this mean that the ODM party leader Raila Odinga has been cornered in a document he so much campaigned for?
[Photo: ODM party leader Raila Odinga(left) with Kimpepe/Twitter]
Charrles Kigano has also said that the country is facing a strain of financial resources where 14 billion is required to successfully conduct a referendum in Kenya.
"No June Referendum: Joint Legal Affairs Committee rules out possibility of referendum in June. Committee says BBI bill has serious legal issues that need to be addressed. Kigano: No need for special sitting because report is not ready yet," Citizen TV reported.
The ODM party leader Raila Odinga has been left a lonely man recently after his NASA co - principals formed an alliance dubbed "One Kenya Alliance."
Raila Odinga cannot run presidential campaign alone and is therefore desperately looking for a most potential candidate to form an alliance with. It should also be remembered that the ODM party leader has not yet declared his 2022 presidential plans.
[Photo: Deputy president William Ruto(left) with ODM party leader Raila Odinga during a past event/Twitter]
Raila Odinga has recently lost his grounds, having lost the Ukambani region to Kalonzo Musyoka and Western region to ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi.
The coast region has also been taken from him by DP William Ruto. The only hope left for the top leader in ODM party is the Luo -Nyanza region, which has very few votes to carry him to the ballot.
The Mount Kenya region has been supporting the deputy president and his coalition with DP William Ruto will cause more harm to the second in command than good.
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