Deputy President William Ruto is not only depending on political leaders to help him convince Kenyans to elect him as the next president, it now appears.
Ruto is among the top political figures who have declared their interest in succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta, and has proceeded to surround himself with political leaders he believes can help him achieve this.
But it now emerges that he has also sought the help of other groups of people that he thinks could be of help, these including business people and interest groups.
To reach an agreement on how to work and come up with the winning strategy ahead of the 2022 polls, the DP has planned meetings with these groups.
Today he will be retreating to Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Narok for a meeting with Mt Kenya leaders, after which he will be meeting economic partners and businessmen from 11 counties to work on an economic recovery and prosperity strategy.
It is during the retreat that Ruto will receive the conditions the Mt Kenya leaders want him to fulfill if they are to support him. Murang'a senator Irungu Kang'ata said that they have picked representatives from every Kikuyu-dominated county.
“We had a meeting and we elected one person per county to handle the negotiations. We are too many to be involved given that we are 142 leaders. I proposed (Kandara MP Alice) Wahome for gender purposes and she will be representing Murang'a," the ex-Senate Majority Chief Whip told the Saturday Standard.
Ruto has also planned consultative meetings with leaders from all the other remaining provinces, after which he hopes that he will have a rough idea on what to offer each region in the campaigns.
This comes days after it was reported that Ruto is also after people who worked with former president the late Daniel Moi, and has identified Moi's Press Secretary Lee Njiru as the man who can help him reach them.
His allies have revealed that his plan is to use Njiru as his link to powerful and influential Moi-era personalities, majority of whom are from the Kalenjin community, also to help him secure the Kalenjin vote.
“Lee [Njiru] is an asset to our camp because of his connection to influential figures in Mzee Moi’s regime,” Keiyo South MP Daniel Rono, a Ruto ally, half told the Nation earlier.
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