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Things Not Looking Good For DP Ruto In Mt Kenya As He Is Told What Is Happening

Things will not be as easy for Deputy President William Ruto in vote-rich Mt Kenya as he may believe, according to reports.

Ruto was once thought to be the man to beat in the region, having wooed a number of local leaders who he hopes will help him secure the region's vote in his presidential bid next year.

He was so powerful that he was thought to have deposed President Uhuru Kenyatta, the current kingpin, but things took a turn when some regional leaders declared their own candidacies and formed political parties.

This, along with demands from area leaders and ongoing attempts by ODM leader Raila Odinga to gain traction, according to political analyst Gitile Naituli, can only weaken Ruto's grip on Central.

"Where Dr Ruto initially appeared to coast downhill with little opposition, regional leaders have recently awoken to rally their people not to give up the seat, or at the very least to bid for tangible positions in the next government," he writes in The Standard.

His observation that Ruto will not have it easy in the region and may not receive the entire vote comes amid arguments from fellow commentators that Ruto needs at least 90% of the vote in Mt Kenya to win.

Raila's activities in the region appear to have Uhuru's support, based on statements made by allies of the President who have been accompanying and meeting with him.

He is also thought to have gained the support of the powerful, wealthy, and influential Mt Kenya tycoons who are said to have a say in presidential elections and are expected to work with him ahead of the polls.

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