An undated photo of President William Ruto ( Photo Courtesy)
President William Ruto finds himself exactly at the same position his predecessor found himself in after the 2017 general election.
Though he is legally in office, Dr Ruto faces what could be the biggest headache of his presidency if not of his political career: containing veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga.
During his time in office, Uhuru used to talk tough even as he told off Raila over his threats to the government. But a few months later, he reached out to the former Prime Minister and the two former political foes became key allies.
Uhuru would go on to abandon his deputy and back Raila as his preferred successor during the 2022 general election.
Though Ruto edged out Raila in the State House contest, the Uhuru-Raila relationship has been cemented. And the duo's story will one day be taught in political science classes.
Azimio la Umoja coalition leader Raila Odinga who has declared the start of mass action ( Photo Courtesy)
With the former Prime Minister declaring the start of mass action across the country and hinting at products boycott, Dr Ruto will face it rough especially at the time the country's economy is on its knees. Will he swallow his pride and reach out to his political nemesis?
What is very clear is that Ruto cannot underestimate the huge following that Uhuru and Raila enjoy. The duo can easily make the country ungovernable if they so wish!
By remaining rigid in his approach to handling the looming Raila tsunami, Ruto could end up regretting in the long run.
There are those who believe that the ODM party leader has nothing to lose if he leads his supporters to the streets on March 20, 2022.
The looming grand march in the next one week could mark the turning point in the history of Kenya. Is Ruto digging his own political grave by not giving dialogue a chance? If Uhuru could cede ground in 2018, why not him?
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