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Why Gideon Moi will have more 'friends' than DP Ruto in 2022

Curtis Otieno
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Deputy President William Ruto (R) meets Baringo Senator Gideon Moi during a past event. [Source/Team William Ruto/Twitter]

Deputy President William Ruto's 2022 presidential candidature is an inevitable deal only awaiting its realization.

However, on the path to its realization is Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, Ruto's main rival whom they are tussling for the leadership of the Rift Valley kingpin slot.

The seat is currently in Ruto's possession, and he seems not taking any chances as he seeks to keep it away from the Senator, son to retired President Daniel Arap Moi.

Since it is clear that there will emerge other presidential hopefuls eyeing the Rift Valley vote which currently seems fully inside the DP's basket, Moi will be the best bet. Therefore, he will be the most sought man as other hopefuls seek to have him in their camp to enable them to encroach into the vote-rich region.

Ruto, on the other hand, will receive less attention because nobody is expecting him to give his votes to another person.

Also, Gideon is likely to have more people around him courtesy of his natural appearance and softness.

Ruto is scary thanks to his loose tongue and his placement in the middle of equally intolerant allies who attack anyone opposed to him.

It is also very likely that a number of the Rift Valley rebels will join Moi in 2022 and bring with them their supporters and allies. The group which has been spending its time accusing Ruto of all manner of things is well aware that they will be unwanted in Ruto's camp because of their attacks.

They consist of Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills), Johanna Ngeno (Emurrua Dikkir), Silas Tiren (Moiben) and Joshua Kuttuny (Cherangany). They are very likely to seek a fresh mandate on Moi's KANU party.


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