Just like a relay match, deputy president William Ruto was expecting President Uhuru Kenyatta to hand him the baton in 2022 but all signs indicate that he is not the man Uhuru wants to give the military sword after the end of his second and final term.
Uhuru Kenyatta in a meeting with Ukambani leaders yesterday apparently said he will support one of the National Supper Alliance co-principals for the presidency in 2022.
The news prompted a sarcastic protested from William Ruto who took to social media to express his disappointment in the development.
“Oh My God! So, what happens to the Thurakus, the kumìrà kùmèrà contingent, the 8 million of us?? None, no youth, no woman, no man of the 8 million who woke up early and voted 3 times for Uhuru Kenyatta/William Samoei Ruto ticket merit support? It is Ok! We will sort ourselves with God’s support.”
Ruto’s tweet was a response to a newspaper headline stating that Uhuru will hand over power to the NASA brigade.
During their campaign, the Uhuru-Ruto duo had a slogan; Kumi ya Uhuru Kumi ya Ruto.
This meant that after Uhuru finishes his 2 terms, he will also support Ruto to assume office for two terms.
However, President Uhuru has not upheld his part of the bargain. After his handshake with Raila Odinga, Uhuru has publicly appeared to have deserted Ruto and publicly showed mistrust in his deputy.
In February this year, Uhuru said that he will not hand over power to thieves, a term many have cme to associate with William Ruto.
Yesterday, June 14, Uhuru held a meeting with leaders from Ukambani region, led by Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka.
Uhuru’s endorsement came after a call by Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, asking Raila and Kalonzo to unite in order to block Ruto’s presidency.
Although Raila assured that he is ready to work with Kalonzo, Musalia Mudavadi dismissed the possibility of joining NASA again.
Mudavadi, who is also a presidential hopeful in 2022 said that there is lack of trust in the NASA coalition, hence he can not join them once more.