Ruto’s lonely path to statehouse

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The renewed camaraderie between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM boss Raila Odinga and the emerging One Kenya alliance of four political rivals limit Ruto’s options.

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With the recent speculations that had been going round the country about the possible union between Raila and Deputy President William Ruto, things have taken another dimension leaving the hustler movement leader to walk a lonely path to State House as his main rivals plot separately to vanquish him.

The renewed camaraderie between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM boss Raila Odinga and the emerging One Kenya alliance of four political rivals limit Ruto’s options.

There is talk the Uhuru-Raila axis could team up with the One Kenya alliance in a well-knit succession plan to block Ruto’s ascension to power, sending him to political oblivion — for the time being.

While the President is again cosying up to Raila, Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Gideon Moi (Kanu) and Moses Wetang’ula of Ford Kenya are building a new 2022 political force.

What drove them together again — political affection or fear — is yet to be unravelled and told.
The President is expected to try to prevail upon Raila and the alliance to eventually join forces. 
This would undermine Ruto’s chances.

The President, who had seemed to be distancing himself from Raila, is now said to be best buddies with him again. He is also propping up the One Kenya Alliance in a juggling manoeuvre.

There had been increasing talk of a Raila-Ruto alliance, as both were being alienated by Uhuru’s operatives. Such an formidable alliance would complicate if not kill the strategy for Uhuru and the One Kenya Alliance.

Initially, the One Kenya alliance triggered jitters in Raila’s camp, with his allies claiming the outfit was being propped up by some of the President’s men to thwart Raila’s 2022 fortunes.

With limited options and without key regional bigwigs available for alliance building with him, the DP’s presidential ambitions could go up in smoke.

However, with Ruto being the ‘common enemy’, the President’s secret night meeting with Raila at his Karen residence last week could have calmed the waters, leaving the DP even more estranged.

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