Deputy President William Ruto is out-rightly scavenging for an alternative 2022 political vehicle as he signals a ruthless battle against his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta.
For the first time after months of maintaining a studious silence, the DP on Saturday spoke out about the alleged hounding of his allies who he said were being politically annihilated in a snide that appeared clearly directed at Uhuru.
“Some other politicians are being threatened with courts, others being told they will be taken to KRA or the EACC, others threatened that they will lose their political positions not because they are guilty of any offence but because they are my friends,” the DP said.
Uhuru has started radical changes in Parliament with nearly all Ruto’s foot soldiers unceremoniously sacked because they did not toe his line and advance his agenda.
With his political future in the Jubilee Party in doubt, Ruto is scheming an exit strategy enabling him to run for the presidency in 2022 on a different political ticket.
Sources aware of the intrigues say the DP’s strategists are considering a takeover of the Party of Development and Reforms (PDR).
PDR has strength in pastoralist communities and is also affiliated to Jubilee. Ahead of the 2017 polls, PDR was operating from Ruto’s private office at the Transnational Bank House along City Hall Way.
The ninth floor office used to be the DP’s workstation since 2007 when he was MP for Eldoret North. Apparently, the party could be re-branded and its name could be changed.
Ruto would then enter into pre-election coalition agreements with other parties to build a gigantic political machine.
Insiders say former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri’s Service Party and the Transformational National Alliance party associated with Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria would be part of Ruto’s 2022 coalition.
The United Green Party (UGP) and the Grand Dream Development Party (GDDP) are other parties Ruto strategists would try to bring on board.
The plan is also to reach out to Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress as well as Moses Wetangula’s Ford Kenya.The PDR is expected to soon launch a massive re-branding and popularizing campaign aimed at positioning it ahead of 2022.
Registering a new political party is a herculean task, requiring even the approval of the National Intelligence Service, the spy agency.
The DP’s quiet move to shop for an alternative party stems from fears that he is likely to be denied the Jubilee presidential ticket following his falling out with the President.
Uhuru has managed to seize total control of Jubilee after kicking out the DP’s confidants from key leadership positions.
The onslaught has diminished Ruto’s prospects of getting the Jubilee ticket and there are indications Uhuru is determined to obliterate him.