President Uhuru Kenyatta has made clear his intentions where he wants power to go next when he retires in 2022, and his deputy is not among the options. After a meeting of top allies of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga to craft a merger-plan, between ODM and Jubilee happened last week, William Ruto’s men now claim they have been expecting the coalition after the Head of State and the former PM shook hands on March 9th, 2018.
Speaking to a local publication on Sunday, former Majority Whip in the Senate Irungu Kangata disclosed he had received intelligence from senior officials within the government, that the end game of Uhuru-Raila truce was locking out DP Ruto from power in 2022, and they could not stomach the plans.
”We have been expecting Jubilee-ODM. As a government insider, I had the intelligence that the endgame of the handshake was to form a coalition between the two leaders. I had been told this personally by one of the top government strategists. Government insiders would brag about how the DP would end up in the cold with no party. “Personally, this was untenable to many of us who were Ruto diehards. We could not countenance a marriage between our camp and Raila. This is why we had to come up with UDA,” the Murang’a senator said.
In 2017, Uhuru Kenyatta as the leader of TNA Party and William Ruto of URP dissolved their respective outfits to join hands and formed the Jubilee Party, an outfit the duo used to clinch the presidency. DP Ruto has been banking on using the outfit in 2022, something which now seems like a mirage after publicly falling out with President Uhuru.