As the race to succeed president Uhuru Kenyatta gathers momentum, Deputy President William Ruto and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga plans of forming an alliance is growing and gathering momentum each passing day.
It has now emerged the DP and the former prime minister are working on a power sharing plan that would see them form an alliance and contest for the country’s leadership in 2022.
The development follows a meeting between Ruto and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, who reports indicate was Raila’s emissary in the 9-hour meeting held in Narok.
The meeting also brought together former cabinet secretaries Mwangi Kiunjuri and Rashid Echesa.
According to a report by The Standard, the two camps reportedly presented forth two working scenarios for the Ruto-Raila coalition.
In the first scenario, the team proposed Raila to run for president and be deputised by a candidate from the Mt Kenya region, preferably Kiunjuri or Martha Karua.
In this arrangement, Ruto would settle for the Prime Minster’s post while governors Oparanya and Hassan Joho would deputise him.
The former premier would be expected to serve for only one term ending in 2027. He would then support the DP to take over.
In the second scenario, Ruto would go for the top seat and be deputised by either Karua or Kiunjuri as projected in the first case.
Raila would eye the prime minister’s seat and be deputised by Oparanya and Joho.
However, the above arrangements will depend on the success of the ongoing push for constitutional amendments through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill.
Asked about the meeting with Ruto, Oparanya took journalists on a ruse, describing it as an encounter “by chance”.
“My party leader (Raila) was not aware so I called and informed him because I knew it would be reported in the media as it is now,” Oparanya said.
The meeting was reportedly held at Ruto’s private firm in Narok and was also attended by former Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture Mwangi Kiunjuri and his counterpart Rashid Echesa.
The Kakamega governor said that they discussed political matters during their meeting that lasted nine hours.
“He (Ruto) said he has mobilised over 140 MPs and he is ready to form an alliance but I did not engage him on that because I did not have the mandate of the party,” Oparanya said.