Deputy President William Ruto is on the drawing board quietly assembling human arsenal for his new party as it is increasingly becoming clear that Jubilee will not be his vehicle for the 2022 presidential race.
Ruto is not taking any chances after his erstwhile brother Uhuru Kenyatta has in no subtle ways showed his hand in efforts to curtail his second in command’s bid to State House.
To counter this, Ruto has a raft of measures which include reduced public appearances, secret church functions and direct engagement with voters across the counties.
The DP’s strategic team has embarked on an image re-branding that also involves reaching out to his perceived enemies including ex Kiambu boss William Kabogo, Cyrus Jirongo- the DP is also in the process of bringing on board wealthy Kenyans to fund his 2022 campaigns.
His eyes are trained on the likes of former Equity Bank chairman Peter Munga, Royal Media Services owner SK Macharia, Kirinyaga woman representative Purity Ngirichi, Ruaraka land tycoon Samuel Mburu, Mastermind Tobacco owner Wilfred Murungi, former Embu senator Leny Kivuti, Kamba billionaire James Kisia and a host of sitting and former governors across the country.
Initially, DP’s strategists toyed with the idea of revamping the United Republican Party which folded alongside TNA days to the 2017 polls to form Jubilee Party. However, fearing legal implications, they want a new outfit.
The first signals that DP Ruto was shopping for a political party came when then Registrar of Political Parties Lucy Ndung’u revealed that his allies had registered two parties, United Green Party and Grand Dream Development Party.
The MPs linked to the parties included Cornelly Serem of Aldai, Nandi senator Samson Cherargei, Oscar Sudi, Kapsaret and Caleb Kositany, Soi among others.
Cherargei even confessed they were shopping for a new vehicle for the DP for the purposes of 2022 polls since chances were high Ruto would be kicked out of Jubilee asante ya punda style.
In the run-up to 2017, the DP spearheaded the merger of small parties to form Jubilee. But three years to the next election, new parties are either springing up or old ones are being revived.
The latest is Transformation National Alliance, which is linked to Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria. He had initially tried to take over the Democratic Party. Kuria has announced that he would run for president in 2022.
Most of the leaders from Kiambu, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Murang’a, Kirinyaga, Embu, Tharaka Nithi and Meru have adopted a “wait-and-see” strategy.
In Luo Nyanza, Ruto has identified Migori governor Okoth Obado as his point man. The beleaguered governor enjoys popularity in the county and with Kuria vote in Jubilee, the DP wants to consolidate Migori support.
In Garissa, the DP is open to a suggestion by Duale to launch a party for the region which will back his presidential bid.
The DP is also wooing Busia governor Sospeter Ojaamong to become his henchman in the region. He hopes to win over the Teso votes if he succeeds in bringing Ojaamong on board.
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