With the current political landscape having titled in their disfavor, Deputy President William Ruto’s key allies are slowly turning to hold the cloak of President Uhuru Kenyatta- and Raila Odinga-backed.
The two leaders are at the pinnacle for the calls for constitutional reforms that has seen a section of leaders shifting gears.
Last week, some of the DP’s erstwhile lieutenants trooped to Raila’s Capitol Hill offices in Nairobi for a series of consultative meetings.
Laikipia Woman Representative Catherine Waruguru met the ODM leader last Tuesday before Laikipia North MP Sarah Korere visited the ODM leader the following day.
Their change of tune came just a week after Laikipia County Assembly’s Jubilee Party leadership vowed to rally behind Uhuru and Raila.
The outspoken MP, who was a staunch adherent of the deputy president, said she had resorted to work with the government, adding that she met the Orange Democratic Movement leader to discuss pertinent issues of national importance.
The meeting, which was also attended by National Assembly Minority Whip Junet Mohamed, has elicited mixed reactions among Kenyans, especially from Laikipia.
Asked whether her support for the Dr Ruto was intact, she said: “I support the government of the day.”
The first time MP, commonly known as ‘Mama Simba’ however said she welcomed criticisms and support in equal measure.
“My move must have elicited mixed reactions but that is expected. In politics, divergent views are welcome,” Ms Waruguru said.
But Ms Waruguru said: “I know what I am doing, the future is in government”.
She currently serves as vice chairperson of the National Assembly’s Members Services and Facilities Committee and is also a member of the departmental committee on lands.
On her Facebook page, Ms Waruguru said: “If we let the Kenyan third generation travel in a tribal train, we will have lost it all. And as long as my people in Laikipia will benefit from government projects, I don’t mind. They are the ones that matter to me”.
“Political seats should be competitive and those seeking them must be ready to look for votes in the general election,” Ms Waruguru said then.
Former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri, MP Patrick Mariru (Laikipia West) and Senator John Kinyua who are ardent supporters of the DP have of late been silent.