Former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto on Wednesday night warned Deputy President Dr William Ruto that Mt. Kenya politicians were likely to abandon him at the last minute.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Tony Gachoka on KTN’s show Point Blank, Ruto stated that the region was known for political betrayals.
The former county boss asked Ruto to read the signs of betrayal, citing President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decision to keep quiet about whether he will rally the region to back him or not after completing his second term.
He described the DPs current allies from Central as lightweights who would play all sorts of “political games” before ditching him in the run-up to 2022 General Election.
“In Central where he spends most of his time …you can’t take seriously these MPs. These are first-timers who have just arrived on the scene. You know that 70 per cent of those MPs will just dissipate when the bells are sounded.
“How many of the MPs can stand up to (President) Uhuru in Murang’ a? If he tells them to shut up they will all shut up in one day,” he noted.
The former Council of Governors (CoG) advised Dr Ruto that for him to win, he must form serious political alliances with influential leaders from other communities.
He stated that Ruto needed to go for the political backing of big wigs such as Mudavadi and Wetang’ula and court other regional kingpins to help him cobble a broad-based political alliance.
“I have hardly seen him with Mudavadi or Wetang’ula. I only see him with Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka and I am yet to be convinced about his political influence. He will need to look for people with capacity in those areas. It is the communities that will coalesce around his bid. I would like him to deal with the political leaders of party’s dominant in those areas,” he remarked
The Chama Cha Mashinani Party leader discredited some of the Ruto allies in Western, stating that National Assembly Majority Whip Benjamin Washiali and Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa have no capacity to deliver the region.