Securing the Rift Valley to vote as a block in 2022 is proving to be a major headache to William Ruto. Whereas there is a stemming rebellion from the South Rift, led by Senator Gideon Moi and CCM leader Isaac Ruto, consolidating the North Rift is becoming an uphill task for the DP.
Sources indicate William Ruto has been courting former Agriculture Minister Kipruto Arap Kirwa for months now, to join his camp.DP reached out for Kirwa due to his vast political experience as well as his effective mobilization skills which the DP may exploit in 2022.However, it is Kirwa’s position as ANC Deputy Party leader that made him a lucrative target for the DP.
After dismantling Ford-Kenya, by poaching away its Deputy Leader, Boni Khalwale a couple of days ago, Ruto’s target was Amani National Congress (ANC) in which Kirwa is the party’s Deputy Leader.These efforts are likely to pay off as insiders from the DP’s camp indicate it is just a matter of days before Kirwa publicly dumps the ANC for Ruto.
The other reason Ruto ran to Kirwa for help is the growing influence of Cherengany MP Joshua Kutuny, who has become a major thorn in Ruto and Tanga Tanga’s flesh. Kutuny is heading the North Rift rebellion, together with a number of MPs unhappy with Ruto’s style of leadership. It is believed, Kirwa is a likely replacement of Kutuny as well as a worthy competitor in 2022, as Ruto plots to punish the outspoken MP for disagreeing with him.Joshua Kutuny won the Cherengany seat in 2007 after beating Kipruto Arap Kirwa, who was the then MP.