William Ruto may not run for the presidency in 2022 after all. A section of the United Democratic Alliance’s (UDA) politburo is floating the idea of him (Ruto) playing a kingmaker role with a promise of having the constitution changed within 100 days to have him as Prime Minister.
A source from the deputy president’s camp says some members within Ruto’s inner circle intend to pull the rug under President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga’s feet by endorsing ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi as president, deputised by Narck-Kenya leader Martha Karua.
”The race may be between Mudavadi and Raila. The group is following the 2002 script, with Ruto as kingmaker. Just like Raila with Kibaki in NARC,” the source said.
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Even though nobody from Musalia Mudavadi’s team has confirmed or denied this latest revelation, reports indicate senior ANC officials close to the former vice president have been meeting top members of DP Ruto’s strategy team in what is seen as attempts to have the two camps join hands in next year’s elections.
This new development comes at a time when ANC is adamant it will not work again with Raila Odinga and is accusing KANU leader Gideon Moi of being the ODM leader’s operative in the One Kenya Alliance (OKA).
On Monday, Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala may have lifted the lead on their plans, which includes having a running mate for the ANC leader outside OKA, saying their party cannot stay in a political movement that has no direction about eight months to an election.
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”When you listen to Gideon Moi, he says they will be working with Raila. Yesterday he said Raila is a friend and is part of us. His (Gideon’s) body language is confusing us as foot soldiers. That’s why we want a definite leader who can give direction to the troops so we don’t send mixed signals to our supporters,” the Kakamega senator said, adding,
”We will look for other strategic partners who are willing to talk and give us clear direction. We will look for a running mate for Musalia Mudavadi outside of Oka and will ask him to go to the ballot.”