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Implications of Harambee house handshake for Ruto

The Harambee house truce handshake is apparently causing jitters in DP William Ruto’s camp. This is amid fears that it could jeopardize his chances in Jubilee’s 2022 succession plans.

According to media reports most of Ruto’s key allies are uncomfortable with the unity pact between NASA leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta. This is despite public announcements of support from the Deputy President since the announcement last week on Friday.

The media reports further reveal that Ruto’s allies are quietly scheming to reject any proposal to create more positions to accommodate Raila in government- in a bid to ensure the DPs spot in the 2022 presidential bid.

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Ruto was a member of the ODM Pentagon in 2007 before ditching Raila in the run-up to the 2013 election. After a bitter fallout over unspecified grievances, he decamped to UDM and later URP, with which he formed the Jubilee Alliance with Uhuru’s TNA.

However, some politicians such as Aden Duale are pro the unity pact, terming it as “a big score for the DP.” Duale also insisted that the Opposition chief’s pact was based on Jubilee’s working terms and conditions.

On the other hand, according to political analyst Martin Andati, Raila’s entry will definitely complicate Ruto’s 2022 game plan. This is even as Ruto downplays jitters over the deal. He instead urged NASA co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula to join the reconciliation calls to unite the country.

 

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