Ken­neth’s en­try causes jit­ters in Ruto’s Rift Val­ley

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Peter Ken­neth and Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta could have been en­joy­ing a clan­des­tine po­lit­i­cal courtship, with Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto in obliv­ion. This is ev­i­dent by Ken­neth’s de­ci­sion to sup­port Ju­bilee and maybe run for Nairobi gov­er­nor. At the week­end he en­dorsed Pres­i­dent Uhuru’s re­elec­tion. Though he is yet to dis­solve his KNC party, his de­ci­sion to en­dorse the in­cum­bent could mean Mt Kenya leaders are groom­ing him for Pres­i­dent. Ki­ambu Gov­er­nor Wil­liam Kabogo and nom­i­nated Se­na­tor Paul Njoroge, among other leaders from Cen­tral Kenya, have sig­nalled their open dis­sat­is­fac­tion with Deputy Pres­i­dent as the Ju­bilee Party’s choice as pres­i­den­tial flag bearer in 2022. Seem­ingly, this has not changed. With Ken­neth as an of­fi­cial as­so­ciate of the Ju­bilee Party, Kalen­jins must re­con­sider, critically, their op­tions in 2022. Cen­tral re­gion is not known to back any non-eth­nic group.

KEVIN OWINO

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