The recent plan by the Jubilee party to enter a pre-election pact with Raila’s ODM is suspected to have been aimed at blocking Deputy President William Ruto’s quest to succeed retiring President Uhuru Kenyatta.
It is believed the move is inspired by the 2018 truce between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga ahead of the much anticipated 2022 General Election.
According to analysts, the planned merger between the two most popular parties could in return block DP Ruto’s quest in succeeding Uhuru as the ruling outfit could not field a presidential candidate.
In what appears like Ruto knew a move like this could happen, the Sugoi man rushed to revive and rebrand the former Party of Development and Reform (PDR) to the current United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
The tactical move by Ruto to marshal his troops and quit the ruling outfit and strengthen his vehicle earlier this year has helped him evade Jubilee party trap of locking him out of presidential race.
Ruto, who toured his Rift Valley turf over the weekend, said the hustler nation knew of the scheme orchestrated by ODM and Jubilee party leaders and that the Tanga Tanga faction was well prepared.
“If they think bringing together all those parties, Hustler will miss a party to propel us forward; we want to tell them we are well prepared and ahead of them,
“These people have destroyed the Jubilee party which was a national party. Now they are telling us everyone should go and form apolitical party of his tribe. But we are ready. We have a party which brings all hustlers together,” Ruto said during his tour in West Pokot over the weekend.
In a recent TV interview, Ruto confirmed to having been sidelined in the Jubilee government and added that he will use the UDA party in the event the Jubilee party denies him the chance to contest for the presidency.
Despitie being tactically pushed out of the government Ruto has also formed a strong political empire from the three arms of the government and outside the government that has been working around the clock to ensure he is updated on what the government is planning against him.
“The DP’s influence became monumental from time he combined forces with Uhuru in the run-up to the 2013 General Election where he seemed to have meticulously but clandestinely developed, conceled and sustained an intricate political network across counties especially in Mt Kenya and Coast regions where he has made significant inroads that he knew he would need,” political annalyst Javas Bigambo told the Daily Nation.
Bigambo further argues that while the DP seemed to be building the Jubilee party, he was investing in a personal network, friendship, and building trust.