For Kenya’s movers and shakers, and especially the bigwigs, the likes of president Uhuru Kenyatta and former prime minister Raila Odinga, it is not a secret anymore that the deputy president William Ruto’s influence and mass followings have recently swallowed them all.
Speaking at the Bomas during the launch of BBI, Uhuru likened him to a disrespectful relay athlete, who tasked with waiting for the baton to be handed over to him, rudely reaches for it instead.
On his part though, the deputy president has categorically muddled this down by claiming he does not need anyone to endorse him as he is there to endorse himself and has even warned his critics to keep off his 2022 race as he promises to be on the ballot to the end.
But be that as it may, it is no secret anymore that William Ruto is probably one of the greatest political mind of his time and has amassed a lot of powerful enemies in his quest of succeeding the president.
What people the likes of Atwoli fear about him as observed by political analysts the likes of professor Kisiang’ani, is not what he reveals but what he doesn’t.
His critics describe him as a cold calculating scientist known to trample anyone on his way and that’s why they detest the notion of him taking the mantle from the president, alluding that then with power, he will punish his opposers, but his allies like Murkomen have muddled this up by claiming that he is opposed simply because some elites can’t stomach the idea of being led by a man who rose from the confines of poverty.
Either way, William Ruto has amassed a huge crowd following his bottom- top approach where he seeks to empower the poor and so far, his affiliate barely 3 months old party UDA is gaining popularity night and day with a certain wave that has swept thousands of supporters to his side, difference of tribes notwithstanding.
Now question is, in this political battle that has seen big names merge against him, will William Samoei’s calculating mind see him make the right pacts to win the presidency come 2022 or would as Atwoli put it…would the state do everything in their power to deter and ensure Ruto isn’t in the ballot should such a time reach?
The house is silent. Time is ticking and mergers and interests established, everyone is crying foul and ministers of Parliament seem to be scouting for a good and unsinkable political ark and the way an exodus into UDA is taking place, we are yet to know in due time whether William Ruto’s ark will successfully hold water or if it would let loose.