Muranga Senator Irungu Kangata says their UDA boss William Ruto’s only guarantee that he will be voted to a man by Mt. Kenya residents is by him picking a running mate from the region. Just like in 2013 and 2017 the deputy president is depending on the populous region to vote for him as a block in 2022.
“Mt Kenya region wants the DP’s running-mate slot.We know our boss is magnanimous and he will repay us adequately. Personally, I’m not fronting anyone,” Senator Kangata told a local publication on Saturday.
Already, it is a tough balancing act for Ruto on his choice of a runnibgmate, and whoever he picks, whether from Mt Kenya or outside the region will hugely affect his camp thus he has to see the best way to contain any fall-outs. Apart from Mt Kenya, the Coast and Western regions are also demanding the slot, arguing, Kalenjin-Kikuyu axis has held the country’s leadership since independence, and most recently for the last ten years under Jubilee.
Leaders jostling for a runningmate position from DP Ruto’s Mt Kenya camp are former Devolution CS Mwangi Kiunjuri, MPs Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira) and Alice Wahome (Kandara).
Those insisting Mt. Kenya must produce a runningmate for Ruto argue the region has firmly stood with the DP and expects to be repaid by having a major stake in the next government, nit only by virtue support but also the number of votes from the block.
To beat a joint Uhuru-Raila block, William Ruto will need to have both the Rift-Valley and Mt Kenya regions vote him to the last man, where he will need to score more than 70 percent of the vote in the two blocks.