Deputy President William Ruto is not assured of the Mt Kenya even though majority of area leaders support him and his presidential ambitions, Murang'a senator and a close ally of his Irungu Kang'ata has said.
Ruto is currently thought to enjoy the support of most leaders from the region, which they have been saying represents the support he enjoys among ordinary residents of the area.
But the former Senate Majority Chief Whip says that the DP is not guaranteed of the vote and is just a contestant in the race to woo the region as the others eyeing the presidency.
He told the People Daily that they have since given Ruto their demands before they can rally their people behind his bid, and them supporting him will depend on how he addresses them.
He said that the plan is to present similar conditions to other hopefuls, suggesting that only the best person will be lucky enough to get the millions of votes the region has to offer.
“Although most of us from the region are supporting Ruto, our final decision will be pegged on what a particular candidate offers us. We have already given our demands to Ruto, and will do so to others,” he said.
He is among leaders from Central Kenya who have fallen out with President Uhuru Kenyatta, the region's political kingpin and spokesman, over their closeness to the Second In Command.
This comes at a time when the DP is under pressure to pick his running mate from Mt Kenya, The Service Party (TSP) leader Mwangi Kiunjuri being among those whose names have been proposed.
Political analyst Herman Manyora says that this is just the beginning of the headache for Ruto, who has so many people with him but too little to give them.
He observes that Ruto will soon also have to deal with the other regions where he has been wooing supporters, with all these areas demanding to be given the same position.
He says that soon Ruto will have to come to terms with the fact that he cannot appease all the people around him, and this is where he could start dealing with defections.
"The chickens have come home to roost for Ruto. He is now experiencing the nightmare. What he is facing now is the elephant in the room because he presented the hustler nation as seamless, unified and unstoppable, and compared it with others who he branded as tribal and relied on regional kingpins," he told the paper.
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