Ruto' s high- profile meeting today comes with great expectations, as he prepares to make his final statement regarding his presidential ambitions next year. The deputy president hinted to his high- profile meeting today while addressing in Kakamega county, as he is slated to visit important leaders and businessmen across the country.
According to information he revealed during a rally in Kakakamega, where only a few locals attended, DP Ruto is set to meet with Mt Kenya leaders and businessmen to speak and choose the best and most desirable running partner in the 2022 elections.
Expectations are high since DP Ruto may pick his presidential running mate from Mt Kenya, despite the fact that Mr Odinga has made advances in the region, posing a serious danger to the DP Ruto.
Ruto' s supporter Boni Khalwale, speaking in Kakamega, warned that today' s meeting is likely to send shivers through Odinga' s family, who have yet to decide whether he will run for president in 2022 or not.
Torn between retaining President Uhuru Kenyatta' s Mt Kenya base and appeasing other regions, Ruto faces an uphill task in selecting a potential DP.
Selecting a Mount Kenya running mate would make it easier for Ruto to woo Uhuru' s supporters but has the danger of entrenching the " two communities in the Presidency" narrative that can work against him.
Governor Anne Waiguru of Kirinyaga, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, and Murang' a Governor Mwangi wa Iria are also prospective candidates in Mt Kenya.
The three are widely regarded as the region' s leading competitors, with the focus now shifting to how their individual skills might best serve Ruto.
Today' s high- profile meeting between DP Ruto and Raila came only hours after Raila' s political campaigns took a new turn, with senior cabinet secretaries campaigning for Mr Odinga. Mutahi Kagwe, Fred Matiang' i, and Wamalwa, who followed Raila in Kisii, are cabinet secretaries who have already joined Raila' s camp.
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