Deputy President William Ruto has been preparing for his 2022 presidential candidature since after the 2013 polls, Jubilee Party Vice Chair David Murathe says.
Ruto is among the politicians keen on succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta, with analysts ranking him among the people most likely to win in the contest.
Murathe says that he began preparing himself in 2013 by ensuring that all Mt Kenya politicians able to stand in between him and the seat are out of the way.
This, the former Gatanga MP told The Nation, Ruto did by ensuring that these people do not get the Jubilee Party ticket in the 2017 elections, landing them in the political cold.
But his claims have been dismissed by Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua, who says that they lost in the primaries fairly, and that Ruto is being unfairly blamed for their woes.
Their lack of popularity, he says, can be seen in the fact that they still tried to vie as independent candidates and still lost.
“If they were as strong as claimed, why did they lose? We have had by-elections where Jubilee has lost in five places, so why do they feel that party is strong?” the MP, a strong ally of the DP, told the paper.
But Murathe’s claims have been reinforced by Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu, Maoka Maore (Igembe North) and Ndung’u Gethenji, the former MP for Tetu constituency.
According to these politicians, Ruto used his influence as Jubilee Deputy Party Leader to rig powerful aspirants who would have questioned his operations in Mt Kenya out.
Ruto has been accused of seeing to it that the tickets went to his allied candidates, some of whom are now spreading his political gospel ahead of the much awaited polls.