It is a season for claiming and declaring political debts yet to be settled. After Mt Kenya, the Lake region has become next target for unsettled political debts Rift Valley politicians want paid in 2022.While speaking in Bondo yesterday, five MPs from Rift Valley claimed ODM supporters owe Deputy President William Ruto a political debt over his support for Raila Odinga’s 2007 State House bid.
” We’ve come a long way and you know very well that the DP stood with Raila in 2007 elections. It’s therefore in no doubt that you owe us support in the next elections,” said Belgut MP Nelson Koech.
The legislators were speaking during the burial of father in law to Langata MP Nixon Korir, Joah Nalo in Masamba village in Yimbo East.They were hosted by Gideon Ochanda, who is the area MP.
ODM leader Raila Odinga and DP William Ruto were once bosom buddies in the run up to the 2007 polls in which Odinga vied for the presidency, whose results were contested, leading to one of the bloodiest post poll chaos in history. Ruto was a member of the once powerful Pentagon, which was the highest decision making organ of ODM in 2007.It comprised of Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi, William Ruto,Najib Balala and Joe Nyaga.
After the contested elections, which led to formation of a coalition government with Kibaki led PNU, Raila and Ruto fell out on a number of issues, most public one being the reclamation of Mau forest, the country’s top water tower. Ruto was opposed to the move, while Raila vowed to go ahead with the reclamation plans even if he had to pay a political price.
Ruto would then quit ODM with a considerable number of leaders from his Rift Valley backyard and create his own party, which he joined hands with Uhuru’s TNA to create Jubilee coalition in 2012.Jubilee Coalition won the 2013 polls with Uhuru as its presidential candidate.Since then, Raila Odinga and William Ruto have been bitter political rivals to date.