Political analyst Herman Manyora has warned Deputy President William Ruto against placing hopes on the vote-rich Mt. Kenya region ahead of the 2022 General Election.
The analyst has instead urged Ruto to bank on votes from other regions while likening Mt. Kenya votes to juggling a liver in the hand which is likely to make DP Ruto’s race to statehouse slim.
According to Manyora, it was a mistake for DP Ruto to ink a political pact with Mt. Kenya people (President Uhuru Kenyatta) way back in 2013.
“William Ruto must have by now come to a conclusion that votes from the mountain region are slippery. Secondly, there is also a distinct possibility that the mountain vote will not go to Ruto because it belongs to the mountain which has the numbers to produce their own President,” Manyora said in his weekly YouTube video, a matter of time.
According to him, if Mt Kenya region decides not to field a presidential candidate, then the mountain votes will likely go where President Uhuru Kenyatta will have directed.
He said this was clearly revealed when all the 10 counties of the central region voted for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI)bill to amend the 2010 Constitution.
“If President Uhuru Kenyatta as unpopular as he may be by now, could direct these people where he wants… Whether to Mudavadi or to Raila, they will go” he said.
Manyora’s sentiments come barely days after the second in command assured his supporters that he will be on the ballot in 2022.
In reference to the unusual calmness and reserved personality Ruto portrayed during a recent interview with Citizen TV, Manyora said the DP might be losing his political relevance by the day, owing to the frustrations meted on his allies by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s allies.