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What will happen if Uhuru abandons Ruto for Moi?

Martin Murigi
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto at a past event. [Photo/sde.co.ke]

An MP has warned against plans to deny Deputy President William Ruto a chance to be Jubilee Party presidential candidate in the 2022 general elections.

Nominated legislator David Sankok said Ruto is the automatic JP candidate, warning that there will be a big trouble within the ruling party if the DP is upstaged.

"Any attempt to discuss altering the 2022 Jubilee candidate is to step on a live wire. It is like sitting on a transformer," Sankok said during an interview with Sunday Nation.

According to Jubilee's 2013 pre-election agreement, Ruto was to back President Uhuru Kenyatta for two terms and then Kenyatta reciprocates by supporting his deputy to take over from him in 2022 to serve his two terms until 2032.

However, some politicians allied to the DP are now questioning Kenyatta's commitment to the agreement following his recent handshake with opposition leader Raila Odinga.

They claim Kenyatta and Raila could be planning to endorse Baringo Senator Gideon Moi for presidency after the opposition leader visited retired President Daniel Moi at Kabarak on Thursday.

Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei said the Jubilee-ODM reconciliation was under threat if Odinga was to pick the younger Moi to vie against the DP

."We are not happy with his (Odinga) moves within Jubilee, now that he has shown us his secret card that he is willing to push Gideon to run against William Ruto," the Senator said.

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