Deputy President William Ruto does not want to go to war with President Uhuru Kenyatta and is concerned about his future political aspirations if he were to go toe-to-toe with a joint Uhuru-Raila force. This would mean suffering the fate of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, both politically and the stinging personal consequences of such a battle.
According to reports, the Kalenjin Council of Elders popularly known as the Myoot Council has initiated a process of reaching out to their Kikuyu Council of Elders counterparts to reconcile the two former bosom buddies.
“We have started talks with our colleagues from the Mount Kenya region so that we can meet the President and his deputy and sort out their differences. Unfortunately, we are yet to reach them. What we want is a united country,” said Benjamin Kitur, Myoot chairperson, in an interview.
After his fall out with Jomo Kenyatta in 1966, Oginga Odinga resigned from government citing frustrations and decided to chart his own political path, away from the first president whom he had fought for his release from prison four years earlier.
This decision would cost Odinga, who pundits say passed away the least wealthy former Vice President after the state went after his private business establishments.
A source who spoke to this publication explains the reconciliation efforts by Ruto may be informed by history, except that the DP is currently in a very disadvantaged position compared to Jaramogi.
”Jaramogi was a man with clean hands. Never mentioned in any crafty deals in government. Ruto is the opposite. If he goes to war with Uhuru, it will be a ruthless one. Could be he is avoiding going down that path. He will lose his ill-gotten wealth,” the source said.
Apart from the Myoot, Ruto is also using his connections within the leadership of the church to reach out to the president, whom he knows is a deeply religious man and would not shut the door if men of God asked for such a meeting.
”They might have differences and they are entitled to hold different opinions, but they (should) keep the belligerent politics away from the public,” Evangelical Alliance of Kenya (EAK) General Secretary Dr. Nelson Makanda said.
Over the weekend, Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua gave a hint reconciliation efforts may be underway between the president and his deputy.
“We have no problem whatsoever with President Kenyatta, he is our leader and some of us have supported him for quite a long time. If he has decided to come home and talk to us we are available. But he should let dialogue to prevail. It should not be like previous engagements that have been a monologue where he has been shouting at us,” said Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua, a key ally of the DP.