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Confusion as Mt Kenya politicians 'abandon' Uhuru

Curtis Otieno
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President Uhuru Kenyatta. [Source/Brian Khaniri/Twitter]

The political situation seems to be taking a very interesting turn, especially the ongoing battle between President Uhuru Kenyatta and forces allied to his Deputy William Ruto.

Uhuru has been under fire from Ruto's camp lately, over allegations that he is using his powers and state institutions to victimize Ruto in the name of fighting corruption.

This on itself is interesting and rather weird, considering that this is a man they have always defended and whose support Ruto badly needs to succeed in his 2022 presidential bid.

But the most interesting part is that no leader from Uhuru's Central Kenya has come out in his defence, instead leaving him to face the wrath of Ruto's allies all alone.

Uhuru is no longer enjoying the protection of the men he campaigned for in his region, including his own MP (Gatundu South) Moses Kuria who is also watching from the touchline.

Instead, the role has been taken by a separate camp led by opposition chief Raila Odinga, a man who has twice accused Uhuru of stealing his victories in 2013 and 2017.

Uhuru, apparently overpowered by the attacks initiated by Kapseret lawmaker Oscar Sudi, has remained largely silent as the group munches on him.

Also silent is Ruto who until recently called himself Uhuru's defender and was always at hand to protect Uhuru from his attackers and those through to be his detractors.

Instead, Ruto has picked a war with Raila over the same issue, the corruption purge, in a confusing show whose end only time will tell.

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