The residents of Mt Kenya are no longer speaking in one voice courtesy of Deputy President William Ruto, Prof Makau Mutua has claimed.
The US-based law scholar said it was 'wild' that Ruto has succeeded in splitting the Kikuyu community (House of Mumbi) that has always been united particularly on political decisions.
In a tweet on Monday, Mutua hailed the DP for having 'strategic political mind' and wondered whether it guarantees him the presidency in the next general election.
"You gotta give it up for William Ruto— the man from Eldoret has wildly succeeded in pitting the children of the House of Mumbi against one another. Now brother and sister have their swords raised against each other. The man has a strategic political mind. Is 2022 his to lose?" the lawyer posted.
His remarks came barely hours after two Kikuyu vocal MPs; Maina Kamanda and Ndindi Nyoro disrupted a church service in Murang'a over who should preside over a fundraiser at Gitui Catholic Church.
This was just a manifestation of fierce political wars in Mt Kenya between Kieleweke and Tanga Tanga factions, that have been ongoing for quite some time now.
Tanga Tanga, the group that Nyoro and others belongs, has been campaigning for Ruto to take over power from President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.
On the other side, the Kamanda-led Kieleweke is opposed to the DP's bid and rallies behind the handshake between the President and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
Just like Prof Mutua, Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu also claims there is a leader behind the divisions rocking the House of Mumbi.
"There is a political leader who has dedicated his intellect, political prowess and (a lot of) money to not only split the Mt Kenya region into different political camps, but to also make sure that at least one of those camps is more loyal directly to him, than it is to President Uhuru Kenyatta. Will he succeed?" he said on Monday in apparent reference to the DP.