Insiders in Deputy President William Ruto’s camp have told the second in command to consider working with the One Kenya Alliance in the 2022 elections or forget the presidency.
The UDA insiders in a report by the People Daily admitted that they were worried about the future of the hustler movement claiming that the major bedrock of its support, Central Kenya, is shifting at a fast pace.
Kaburu Kinoti, a Kenyatta University lecturer and Secretary General of the Peace and Development Party argued that the ODM leader Raila Odinga will easily win the 2022 presidency if the deputy president fails to team up with OKA to form a formidable team that can stop a Raila presidency.
“The Deputy President (William Ruto) should as a matter of urgency engage the One Kenya Alliance leaders,” he said.
Kinoti held that the OKA principals Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), and Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya) appear to be drifting towards the former prime minister adding that should they endorse the opposition chief then Ruto’s goose will be cooked.
He said the move by the deputy president to ignore regional kingpins especially in the vote-rich Mt Kenya region will return to haunt him.
“The Deputy President has shown contempt for regional kingpins. He has made them feel unwanted and this has shifted the narrative in the mountain region,” he said.
This comes at a time when William Ruto’s UDA party has said it will sign deals with other parties after the 2022 General Election.
In what appears as though Ruto’s camp will not negotiate a power-sharing deal, the Tanga Tanga camp on Tuesday, October 26, said it will only ink deals with other parties based on their performance in the parliamentary and gubernatorial in the 2022 elections.
“We are not going to talk about coalitions at the moment. We are focused on the Bottom-up economic model,” William Ruto said.