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Ruto wanted to ride on Kikuyu-Luo rivalry in 2022, Nick Salat

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KANU Secretary General Nick Salat says Deputy President William Ruto sounds bitter and is in a panic over the planned unity between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga, which will see the Luo and Kikuyu communities work together in 2022, for the first time after decades of political rivalry.

Mr. Salat, a close ally of Baringo Senator Gideon notes the DP’s bitterness stems from the fact that he has been put in an awkward position where he can no longer exploit the long-running rivalry between the two communities next year.

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”My brother William Ruto, I have been listening to you lately and very keenly, you’re so bitter. You need to do serious soul-searching. You need to calm down and stop panicking about 2022.I know how you were hoping to ride on Kikuyu-Luo alleged enmity but things changed, Luos and Kikuyu became friends. Your bitterness is just because handshake placed you in an awkward situation but that’s normal in politics,” Salat says.

Last week President Uhuru Kenyatta made it clear to his allies in the One Kenya Allaince (OKA) Raila was his most preferred choice for 2022 and will throw his weight behind the ODM leader who is seeking to succeed Uhuru as the fifth president of Kenya.

OKA comprises former NASA allies of Musalia Mudavadi (KANU), Moses Wetangula (Ford-Kenya), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), and Gideon Moi (KANU).

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Currently, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party and Raila’s ODM are engaged in talks that will see the two parties merge to seek power next year.

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