With the political hurricane Katrina threatening to tear the vessel that is Jubilee, Deputy President William Ruto is said to be considering other options that will propel him in his strategy for the presidency in 2022.
“He knows there are those who support him and those who oppose him. He has his strategies,” Sudi said.
And then there are the dissidents, the likes of Emurua Dikirr MP Johanna Ng’eno who believe doctor Ruto would be a formidable force if he mended fences with “independent minded” leaders with whom he burnt bridges in the run-up to the last election if he hoped to suppress his enemies in Jubilee.
“He fought independent-minded people who would have now come in handy. He thought he would succeed without them. He should retreat and embrace the people he ignored and spent his time fighting, if he wants to succeed,” said Mr Ng’eno.
And then there are the low key political aficionados who think Ruto should stop being the scheming war load in game of thrones who opens war on many fronts hoping to remain the ultimate King only for the other rivals to gang up against him.
This explains his tactful conciliatory tone. When some leaders hammered the narrative that Mt Kenya did not owe him a debt, he replied that nobody owed him anything.
When they declared there would be no automatic Jubilee presidential candidate, he said he was not hoping or waiting for any endorsement from anyone and that leaders should vie based on track records.
When Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria and Bahati’s Kimani Ngunjiri sparked a series of attacks on Uhuru, Ruto came out guns blazing demanding that the Presidency must be revered.
He is a shrewd politician per excellence, a kind in modern times Kenyan politics.
And when the referendum threatened to complicate matters for the DP, with with the possibility of a weakened presidency and introduction of a parliamentary system of government- he embraced the plebiscite finally and declared that he will support it provided he will hold the powerful Prime Minister Position.
Veteran politician Franklin Bett, who served in both the Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki administrations advices Ruto should “lie low” and carefully work out his succession plan without provoking his boss or other Jubilee leaders.
“He should consult widely before making any decision. I suggest he calls a meeting of leaders from Rift Valley and take stock of the past two general elections before making any move.”
Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama said Ruto should learn from retired President Moi, who managed to succeed Jomo Kenyatta.
“Moi was strategic even when some politicians were against him. I suggest Ruto stick in Jubilee and do his work as he plans for 2022 in silence. He should keep his cards close to his chest,” said the Jubilee MP.
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