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Why DP William Ruto should work with Namwamba for his presidential seat come 2022

By Gibbs Alexx | August 9th 2016

Amid 2017 outcome nearly predictable, the DP should be already arranging his house for the 2022 episode! They say ‘make the hay while the sun still shines’. The central is promising. Yes promising but as the Kalenjin proverb goes 'kirwen itit agenge' translated never switch off both hears while asleep so shoild the Deputy President. I am not alleging that the ‘mountain’ waters will repudiate to flow down and nourish the ‘Rift’ but sometimes the river might divert its course due to human bustles starving the downstream fellows therefore reservoirs should be put in place just in case. President Uhuru Kenyatta’s wish is to have his entire community vote basket delivered to his loyal deputy come 2022.

We all in Jubilee wish and hope for the same, but, if the recent loose utterances from some of the central legislators are anything to go by, of which I don’t want to believe, Ruto should not cast all his hopes on one basket! Changes are eminent, and when it comes, one should never be left vexed scratching their heads but instead busy throwing another Dice. Western Kenya and especially the Luhya community no doubt form the largest lingual group in Kenya. This has left every presidential aspirant salivating for the rich vote region. Recent cold war within the Cord coalition and in particular ODM party which was perceived as the commanding party in western, should come in handy for Jubilee party and in particular the Deputy President to capitalize on the same and ensure that his bid for 2022 top country’s seat is well cemented.

Unifying with Ababu and probably making him his running mate will thus easily lure the region into Ruto’s campaign and give him a straight ticked to the house at the top of the hill come 2022. Ababu Namwamba undoubtedly, now holds a bigger say in the western politics. The reason why Ruto should work with this young promising legislature is that Ababu represents the younger folks which forms the largest voting group in Western Kenya. His calm and eloquent character has made him loved most in his Busia region and is expected in future to make a play for Luhya leadership supremacy.

Ruto should fully take advantage of the recent Ababu’s break off from the ODM party to lure him to his camp. This will mean fewer votes for the ODM chief Raila Odinga in 2017 polls hence better prospects for President Uhuru Kenyatta. Ababu will then represent hope for Ruto to win the elusive Luhya votes come 2022. With Ababu now busy advocating for the unity of the ‘Mulembe Nation’ to form a solid third force party in the country, it will be excellent for Ruto to step in and offer that Olive branch to Budalangi’s legislature and his western fellows as this will form a force to reckon with come 2022 with less resistance from the region.

Recent allegations that the Jubilee party and William Ruto is secretly pushing for the Water CS Eugene Wamalwa to go for the Nairobi county Gubernatorial seat is seen as a good move for Ruto’s 2022 game plan. If Wamalwa happens to win the race, it will be a good scorecard for Ruto in his bid to lure Western region to drum up for his support come 2022. Ruto should also soften his tone towards the lakeside region since this is another hotcake region having in mind that in 2022 the probability of ‘Baba’ running for the top seat is low hence might also come in handy and ‘return’ the 2007 hand that saw the kalenjin nation fully unite behind the region’s kingpin Raila Amollo Odinga. 

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