Deputy President William Ruto has realized that his hard stance regarding some political issues could soon cost him and his United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party dearly, it has emerged.
The DP, who remains the Deputy Party Leader of the ruling Jubilee Party, has been building UDA as his 2022 presidential poll vehicle, and so far seems to be succeeding, judging by the party’s huge membership.
However, it has been reported that he has realized that his position that everybody interested in working with him must join UDA could send his allies away, especially those who are themselves party leaders.
Aware that this could weaken his 2022 presidential plans and ultimately cost him the seat, given that some of these leaders are very powerful in their turfs, it is reported that this is why he has made a U-turn.
This, The Star reports, is why Ruto indicated that he is ready to work with fringe parties in Migori on Saturday, which is also part of a bigger plan to infiltrate strongholds of his percieved opponents.
“All those who have been isolated are welcome on board. We cannot form the government if we keep isolating these small parties. I am ready to work with them,” the DP said in Awendo.
The paper has also established that Ruto’s influence is under threat in the very important Mt Kenya region, after his position which has resulted in a fallout with TSP leader Mwangi Kiunjuri and Moses Kuria (CCK).
“We will not dissolve any party,” Kiunjuri said last month, with Kuria also saying that he is not planning on folding his party, adding that fringe parties will be the gateway between aspirants and the region.
Frustration of new entrants into UDA by members closer to the DP is the other issue, with some of them suggesting that they may have to abandon the party after even being blocked from meeting the DP.
On Monday, his leading opponent, ODM leader Raila Odinga, while in Laikipia, said that he has received applications from numerous Mt Kenya parties ready to work with him, and is considering their pleas.