The widening political rift at the Mt Kenya region is doomed to work against deputy president William Ruto in his quest for Presidency, it has been observed.
As leaders in the region fail to agree on their political path, it is Raila who stands to benefit from a divided populous Mt Kenya vote.
According to political analyst Herman Manyora, Ruto stood out as the beneficiary of Mt Kenya vote because of the political campaign promises made in 2013 and 2017 General Election.
However, now that the region is divided, the campaign promises made to Ruto (by Uhuru Kenyatta who promised to back Ruto in 2022) hold no waters.
On the other hand, Manyora argues that Raila Odinga has been close to winning the presidency before, without largely depending on the Mt. Kenya vote.
“Ruto is like a proverbial crocodile whose strength is only known while in the water. If you do not get Ruto from Mt. Kenya you can not beat him.
“The strategy is to ensure he loses the Mt Kenya bloc including, by propping up candidates pitting Mt Kenya East against the West,” Manyora told the Daily Nation.
If the Political analyst’s opinion is to go by, Ruto is already at a loss given that there is an undergoing tussle between Mt. Kenya East and West leaders.
The Kikuyu’s from the West( Murang’a, Kirinyaga, Kiambu, Nakuru, Nyeri, Nyandarua, and Laikipia counties) and those from the East (Meru, Embu, Tharaka Nthi counties) have not been reading from the same page recently.
The division started to be seen during and after the coronation of National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi.
Led by Muturi, the Kikuyu East nation argued that there kinsmen from the West have held the top seat since independence, and have only been using them as tools to amass the votes.
The East nation argued that it is time for them to also shine.
But the West nation, led by Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria and Kirinyaga’s Anne Waiguru have opposed the move.
They have strongly condemned the coronation of Muturi, reminding him that President Uhuru is still in charge as the region’s kingpin.