Fresh details now indicate that Deputy President William Ruto is eyeing some of the politicians currently being associated with his arch-rival, ODM leader Raila Odinga.
This is as it emerges that he has kicked off the process of identifying his running mate for 2022, who, the Nation has established, will he coming from the vote-rich Mt Kenya region.
And while the likes of TSP party leader Mwangi Kiunjuri, Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua and Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki have always been seen as favorites, a new rather unfamiliar name now features.
The paper has established that he is also keen on pulling former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth to his side and possibly giving him the post, all in a bid to secure the Mt Kenya vote which, according to pundits, he needs.
This is an interesting issue, considering that the same Kenneth is a close Raila ally, who, according to the People Daily, Mt Kenya tycoons have picked as Raila’s 2022 mate.
Ruto’s strategists are also eyeing Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi, Mwangi Wa Iria (Murang’a) and Agriculture CS Peter Munya, all of whom are coalescing around Raila.
This is even as his allies warn that the running mate issue is a thorny one that needs to be handled with extreme care. They say that the people must be fully involved in the same.
“The process of picking a running mate should be people-driven, where locals will have a say on who has the national stature to deputise Dr Ruto,” Murang’a senator Irungu Kang’ata told the paper.
Kiunjuri, an ex-Agriculture CS, said that he is not keen on securing the Ruto running mate spot, saying that he has a party through which he can serve Kenyans in any position.
“I am not running for the presidential seat and neither have I requested anyone to offer me the deputy president position. My party has the capacity to serve Kenyans,” he is quoted.