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Why the Kikuyu might vote for Ruto in 2022 (Video)

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For the very first time, the Kikuyu community who have dictated the pace and rhythm of the country’s politics since 1963 are at a crossroads: they do not have a horse to back.

Conditioned and socialised to believe they cannot back someone outside their ethnic cocoon, they are at a loss, mainly because President Uhuru Kenyatta is serving his last term and has not pointed to anybody who could possibly succeed him.

In a country where presidential campaigns begin two years before the actual election date, the uncertainty that President Uhuru has created among the Kikuyu rank and file is palpable.

This uncertainty has been fuelled by the fact that Uhuru is viewed as the most underperforming president since independence; he is now loathed and lampooned in equal measure by his core constituency – the Kikuyu underclass and pretenders to the middle class.

Ruto’s latest inroads into the region and the overwhelming reception he has received so far must be giving Uhuru and his close allies sleepless nights.

The President has in the recent days gone bare knuckles on his deputy notable one being in Uthiru yesterday where the head of state asked Ruto to resign.

“Hakuna haja ya kuincite wakenya wenyewe kwa wenyewe. Unakuja unasema kwa mdomo moja serikali ni mbaya alafu kwa mdomo mwingine ati tumefanya kama serikali. Kwani serikali ni ngapi? Si ni moja? Kama unataka uzuri wake ukae nayo, kama unataja ubaya wake toka uwache wale wengine waendelee,” he said.

He continued: “Lakini huwezi kuja na mdomo moja unasema hii na mdomo mwingine unasema matusi ya wale ambao unasema unafanya na wao. Tuheshimiane jameni.”

DP Ruto in a rejoinder while in Kiambaa, central Kenya seized the moment to revisit the gone, good old days when his friendship with the head of state was rosy and blooming.

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The Deputy President alluding to an old adage “akufaaye kwa dhiki ndio rafiki” (a friend in need is a friend indeed)said he was the only person willing to be there when Uhuru needed a friend.

“When Uhuru needed a friend to stand with him, when no one else wanted to support him because of the ICC cases, or because his father was president, or because he came from Mt. Kenya, I was the one who did,” He added.

He appeared to criticize his boss whose blossoming political camaraderie ODM leader Raila Odinga has soured relations within the Jubilee party.

The meeting was attended by ousted majority whip in the senate Irungu Kang’ata a one time defender of the head of state.

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Political pundits believe Ruto is poised to garner more sympathy votes in the region as most of the electorates deem him as a friend of Uhuru who was there for the head of state at his hour of need.

Another great advantage Ruto has is the Raila factor.

From his schooling to detention after the 1982 coup attempt against retired President Daniel arap Moi, Raila Amolo Odinga, 75, has remained a mysterious figure in many ways.

Mr Odinga evokes mixed emotions in Kenya – he is loved and loathed in equal measure. No politician divides opinion like him.

To his supporters, he is a democrat who has sacrificed a lot in his fight against dictatorship but others see him as a scheming and selfish person, who will do anything to gain power.

Former Vice-President the late Michael Kijana Wamalwa once described Mr Odinga’s supporters as suffering from “Railamania” and those who hated him as suffering from “Railaphobia”.

Railaphobia sells well among the Kikuyu community and Ruto is sure to capitalize on that.

 

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