Kenya’s deputy president William Ruto has been asked to be cautious with some leaders from the Mt Kenya region as he eyes the presidency in 2022.
According to political analyst Harman Manyora, the recent demands from a section of Mt. Keny allied to William Ruto that he must nominate his running mate from the region is clearly against the intended wish of the hustler narrative.
This demand came following a meeting between Ruto and section of leaders from Mt Kenya over the weekend.
The University of Nairobi don in his weekly analysis, Just in Time, argued that the demands by might significantly reduce Ruto’s popularity in other parts of the country.
“I want Ruto to be a little bit careful. The hustler nation has had its strength in the oneness of the nation ain relation to other political formations,
“But now Kimani Ichungwa and Rigathi Gachagua’s recent demands that Ruto must rewards their region with a running mate in 2022 is taking back the hustler movement to politics of division and ethnicity,” he said.
Manyora recently warned DP Ruto against placing hopes on the vote-rich Mt. Kenya region ahead of the next years’ General Election.
“William Ruto must have come to a conclusion that votes from the mountain region are slippery,” Manyora said in his weekly Youtube video.
The former Agriculture minister and his opposition counterpart Raila Odinga are scrambling for a share of the vote-rich Mt. Kenya region as they look forward to succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta whose constitutional 2-term limit comes to end in August 2022.
Speaking after meeting Kikuyu elders, Ruto however ruled out any possibilities that he will be working with political kingpins ahead of the much-anticipated 2022 presidential race.