As the battle for the Coast region intensifies ahead of 2022 elections, an impressive piece of political theater is about to unfold. At the heart of the 'theater' will be Deputy President William Ruto and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho.
With the DP keen to swing the region in his favour ahead of that election, Joho, a key ally of the ODM leader Raila Odinga, may spoil the 'party' for him.
As the war between Joho and Dr. Ruto gets nastier following the Governor's move to sue key Ruto allies who have linked him to 'dirty' business activities, the next few months may mark the turning point in the region's politics.
It is no secret that Joho is now an influential politician whose any move may have a bearing on 2022 politics.
For Ruto, picking up unnecessary fights with him may injure his chances of succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022. So, what next for him?
Ruto is a big political player and is now a master politician. For him, he should not open new war fronts that could curtail his State House bid.
He should instruct his political lieutenants to go slow on Joho, at least for now.