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Why these 3 Mt Kenya politicians could find it hard visiting DP Ruto's Rift Valley bedrock

Curtis Otieno
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President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga hug as Deputy President William Ruto watches during a past event. [Source/Twitter/Koech Kigen]

The Kalenjin speaking portion of the larger Rift Valley region remains predominantly allied to Deputy President William Ruto.

The latter is a frontrunner in the forthcoming 2022 presidential race.

Basing on the Kenyan mode of politicking, especially now that the polls are only 3 years away, the region will be friendly and hostile to people basing on their alliance or opposition to DP Ruto's bid.

Here are some of the Central Kenya politicians who might be subjected to heavy questioning should they visit the region as a result of their apparent opposition to Ruto's presdiency.

 1. David Murathe

The Jubilee Party Vice Chair has been in the front line in rubbishing Ruto's bid, his latest move being a threat to move to court to block him from vying for the top seat.

He made the threat during the burial of Kepha Tuju, brother to Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju in Rarieda, Siaya county, Saturday.

Murathe has since landed on the receiving end from Ruto's allies over his apparent determination to spoil it for the DP.

He is very likely to be subjected to heavy questioning should he make a tour to Rift Valley under the current circumstances.

This is because he has made himself a villain to Ruto's allies and supporters.

2. Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru has been worsening the sadness being experienced by Ruto's backyard by silently watching his (Ruto) ambition being trampled on by Murathe, his very close ally.

To add salt to injury, he has maintained that he is not interested and will not comment on the 2022 debate, meaning that he will not come out to rescue the DP at a time when he needs him.

This is despite Ruto having done his best to traverse the nation campaigning for his 2013 and 2017 successful presidential candidatures.

Actually, some pundits are arguing that he is the main man behind Murathe's remarks, and will have to answer tough questions in the event that he tours Rift Valley region.

Uhuru might be forced to declare his stand on Ruto's bid and whether he is ready to stick to his earlier promise and back him.

To avoid this, he is very unlikely to head back there, his only remaining option being to do it silently or avoid any contact with the people should he have to.

3. Kabando Wa Kabando

The former Mukurweini lawmaker has been campaigning to have the Central Kenya region dump Ruto for Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi come 2022.

Speaking in presence of Murathe in Vihiga on December 26, Kabando Wa Kabando maintained that the region would back Mudavadi on a condition that he unites the Luhya community.

This is despite reports that Uhuru and Ruto sealed a pact that Central would back the DP in repayment  for his efforts that made Uhuru President in 2013.

Kabando too is now a villain to Rift Valley people.

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