Early campaigns begin to choose Uhuru’s successor
By Nsikan Ikpe
Kenya’s Deputy President, William Ruto is not sleeping easy over concerns that President Uhuru Kenyatta may dump him in favour of Senator Gideon Moi in the run-up to the 2022 General Elections.
Acknowledged as being a veritable strongman who helped Kenyatta to wade off a determined push from opposition leader, Raila Odinga in the last presidential elections, Ruto, who has long seen himself as the heir to the Kenyan presidency is now very bothered about where the pendulum may likely swing following a series of political developments in the East African nation.
Notably, he is concerned that elements of the opposition are presently romancing the son of former President Arap Moi and Baringo senator, Gideon Moi.
At the weekend, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and the senator were photographed in what seems to be a ground-testing event in Kakamega. Interestingly, the venue of the show-off session is located just outside Ruto’s Rift Valley backyard and observers say that Moi’s gaining an inroad in the region may further dampen Ruto’s political fortunes which had begun to suffer a nose-dive of sorts following a surprise announcement by Uhuru a few days ago that his eventual endorsement of a successor would take the country by storm!
Analysts say that they see the behind-the-scenes hand of ODM chief Raila Odinga in all of the permutations to stop Ruto, who has already flagged off his campaigns, following the very antagonizing role that the Deputy President had played in stopping him from ascending the presidency.
Responding formally to the looming fight ahead, Ruto on Saturday while speaking at a function in in Tharaka Nithi, openly declared that he was already aware of some of the moves to thwart his plans to succeed his boss but that he was unstoppable and would do everything within his power to take out anyone who stands in his way.
Underscoring the debt of intrigues going on at the moment, three leading Rift Valley politicians recently took on the Deputy President over a maize pricing scandal in the region.
The trio – Joshua Kutuny, Silas Tiren and Alfred Keter are Members of Parliament, MPs from the region.
It will be recalled that, following the resolution of the post-election face-off in the country, Raila was named as the African Union Special Envoy on Infrastructure Development while Kalonzo became Special Peace Ambassador for South Sudan.
For Ruto who has long pitched himself as an attack dog in the battle to stop Raila from ever becoming President in Kenya, this re-alignment, which helped to buy the nation much needed peace space, was indeed a personal political blow.
On his part, Gideon Moi has recently been engaged in a charm offensive to court the opposition, identify with ordinary Kenyans and lobby top NASA politicians ahead of what is clearly going to be a most exciting political season.
President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya