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RaoRuto alliance in the offing? (Video)

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Is RaoRuto alliance in the offing? that’s the question most Kenyan political pundits have been asking for the past few weeks.

Deputy President William Ruto, in an interview with Radio Citizen earlier today revealed that he was ready to work with ODM leader and rival Raila Odinga as long as they share economical goals.

Ruto pointed out that he and Raila have almost similar goals, all of which are aimed at uplifting the country.

“The former Prime Minister and I read from the same script on the need to have political parties that have a national outlook,” he said

Ruto accused political leaders of conducting ethnic-based politics.

He added that Raila and himself were pushing political outfits which can be embraced nationally.

“We have seen many leaders go back to their tribesmen, from political parties to bargain a pre-or post-election alliance. We need political parties that transcend the borders of ethnicity,” Ruto said.

The DP also mentioned Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka, Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi, Kanu’s Gideon Moi, and Ford-Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula, terming their parties tribal outfits that lack any philosophical, ideological, and policy underpinnings.

He also revealed that the United Democratic Alliance(UDA) is his backup plan as his fate in jubilee remains unknown.

Ruto claimed that Jubilee has been turned into a tribal grouping.

According to Ruto, there are unnamed individuals within the jubilee party who are working tirelessly to frustrate him and his allies.

These same people he claims orchestrated the removal of Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen as Senate Majority Leader and his Nakuru counterpart Susan Kihika as Senate Majority Whip.

Speaking on the call to impeach and remove him as Jubilee Party Deputy Party Leader, the DP termed the mooted move a greedy motive that is aimed at derailing the country.

Early this month, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria revealed that a RaoRuto alliance was in the offing.

During a live interview with Gerald Bitok, the legislator stated that Raila and Ruto were set to join hands prior to the election with the ‘union’ culminating to the duo finally going to next years’ poll as a team.

Uhuru and Raila have been politically close after their much-publicized handshake.

It was widely expected that the President could back Raila to end political hate due to the post-Independence falling-out between their fathers, Jomo Kenyatta and Oginga Odinga, who were president and vice president respectively.

However, Raila has been left out in a new alliance said to have the backing of Uhuru allies and one that brings together Musalia, Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Gideon Moi (Kanu) and Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya).

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Raila has become a subject of attacks in their recent rallies, with the leaders insisting that the former prime minister back someone else next year.

And with Ruto smarting from what his faction call betrayal by the President, there is a silent push for Raila and the DP to work together.

“Raila may not be our enemy after all. Going forward, you may not see the many attacks,” said a Ruto-allied MP, who did not want to be named.

Raila and Ruto worked together in the Pentagon—a powerful five-member ODM summit akin to a politburo and arguably the most potent political machine in Kenyan history.

The Pentagon comprised Raila, Ruto, Musalia, Tourism CS Najib Balala and the late Cabinet Minister Joe Nyaga.

Narc leader Charity Ngilu also joined the team though it retained its numerical identity.

They nearly vanquished then-President Mwai Kibaki from power. Presidential election results were disputed, leading to the formation of a grand coalition government.

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Ruto would later serve as Minister for Agriculture and Raila as Prime Minister as part of a power-sharing matrix before their acrimonious split in 2011 that saw ODM lose its iron grip on the Kalenjin vote bloc.

After the break-up, Ruto initially sojourned in UDM before settling down into his new role as leader of the United Republican Party, an outfit through which he entered into a political marriage with then-Deputy Prime Minister and TNA leader Uhuru Kenyatta under the Jubilee coalition that won the 2013 election.

Since parting ways, Raila and Ruto have had a sour relationship that was further aggravated by Raila’s handshake deal with Uhuru in March 2018.

However, interviews gleaned together from a couple of Raila and Ruto allies left no doubt that circumstances could force the pair to work together.

Will we experience a RaoRuto alliance before the 2022 poll?

 

 

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