RUTO ANGRY AS GIDEON MOI TO BE UNVEILED AS UHURU RUNNING MATE

RUTO ANGRY AS GIDEON MOI TO BE UNVEILED AS UHURU RUNNING MATE

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New details have been revealed of the meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and former president Daniel arap Moi. According to reports, the meeting between Moi and the president was held without the knowledge of Deputy President William Ruto.Uhuru met the former Kenyan leader at his residence in Kabarnet Gardens, Nairobi on Wednesday, February 15.

In the meeting, Uhuru is said to have promised the retired president that Jubilee Party will not field a candidate to contest the senatorial seat held by his son Gideon Moi.Moi also assured Uhuru of KANU’s support in the August 2017 General Election as he seeks a second term.It is also believed that Gideon Moi could be unveiled as Uhuru Kenyatta Running mate and is being groomed for presidency in 2022 to replace Uhuru Kenyatta. This report may not have gone well with William ruto supporters who are questioning why Uhuru kept meeting a secret.

The closed door meeting was attended by Gideon Moi and West Pokot Senator John Lonyangapuo.According to the Daily Nation, the meeting between Uhuru and Moi has angered Deputy President William Ruto and his camp.Reports say Ruto feels threatened by any deal made by the president and his rival Gideon, who is also eying the presidency in 2022.

The genesis of the bad blood between Deputy President William Ruto and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi can be traced to the jostling to inherit President Daniel arap Moi’s political mantle in Rift Valley more than 10 years ago.n recent times, the two leaders have engaged in ugly public spats. But now the DP seems to be on a determined mission to vanquish his main political nemesis in Kalenjin who has accused him of misleading the community.

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There are growing fears that that deputy president William Ruto is becoming a liability and a threat to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election chances in 2017. And the question now is whether President Kenyatta can get a sizable vote in Rift Valley in the absence of Ruto as his running mate.

The Sunday Standard of December 18 carried a story reporting the Kikuyu Council of Elders warning President Kenyatta to keep off his deputy in his campaign, a piece of advice that appeared to hint at the profound strategising going on behind the scenes, with the president’s allies considering Ruto’s replacement in the Jubilee Party line-up in 2017 polls.

If the happenings in Rift Valley is anything to go by, then the DP Ruto’s popularity has been shattered, opening the doors for Jubilee insiders to tell the President not to accompany him in his campaign rallies. According to intelligence information already synthesised for the president, Baringo Senator and Kanu Chairman Gideon Moi is increasingly infiltrating the Rift Valley as he combines forces with Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto, who is also the leader of Chama Cha Mashinani.

The Elders from Nakuru County while releasing the statement telling President Kenyatta to disassociate himself with his deputy, further disclosed that they were planning to visit Former President Daniel Moi. Many would ask why now? “These are not coincidences. They are carefully mooted to sidestep someone thought to be carrying minimal political clout compared to 2013 now that the Rift Valley is experiencing political rifts. Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto has ran away with the South Rift as Gideon holds North Rift by the jugular. Someone is left gasping for breath with an attitude the size of Bombay”, veteran journalist from Rift Valley Dorothy Jebet.

The Elders in their statement appear fed-up with Mr Ruto and want him to campaign separately, specifically in Rift Valley where they feel Jubilee is losing immense support ahead of the polls. According to the Elders, Mr Ruto is overly aggressive and has polarised most regions especially those with swing votes that may benefit Jubilee in 2017.

There is a feeling that the deputy president is creating more enemies with his ‘rude remarks’ during campaigns, something that has made the elders believe Jubilee will lose to the anticipated opposition alliance, the National Super Alliance (NASA) bringing together Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula.

There is also growing disaffection among a section of leaders from Uhuru’s camp who believe that Ruto’s camp benefited more from the picking of officials to campaign for the newly formed Jubilee Party, something that has prompted KCE to ask Uhuru to revisit his pact with Ruto. “The council has received reports from all county branches and now resolves that the political pact with Deputy President William Ruto needs to be revisited and reviewed,” council chairman Wachira Kiago spoke in Nakuru after a KCE meeting, as quoted by Standard.

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