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Tuesday, 04 Jul 2017 16:35 EATjmwihaki@kenyafreepress.com
Deputy President William Ruto’s promise to pick Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa as his running mate in 2022 has thrown into confusion the people who had already lined themselves up for the position.
The name of Mr Wamalwa joins a crowded line-up of interested candidates who want to be his running mates. Leaders from Mt Kenya region have not hidden their ambitions to be Ruto’s running mate saying choosing one of theirs would be reciprocating the respect President Kenyatta has bestowed on him to be his Deputy.
Senate majority leader Prof Kithure Kindiki is one of the more prominent ones.The Tharaka Nithi senate was even endorsed to be Ruto’s running mate by the Mt Kenya Political Leaders through a ceremony conducted by the Njuri Ncheke.
Kiambu Governor William Kabogo was also endorsed as the Central Kenya kingpin favorable to be Ruto’s Deputy. This was done by Kiambu Deputy Speaker Antony Macharia and the Kiambu governor confirmed it and said he was ready to be the DP’s running mate in 2022 during an interview on Citizen TV JKL programme.
And in Muranga County, Nairobi gubernatorial Independent candidate Peter Kenneth was also endorsed by Kiharu Member of Parliament Irungu Kang’ata to be the Deputy President in 2022. MP Kang’ata said that the people of Muranga are ready to support DP Ruto and Peter Kenneth as DP and the matter had been concluded.
However things have changed and a new line-up could be in the offing as differences have emerged between Peter Kenneth and Ruto as well as between William Kabogo which could have forced the DP to start sourcing for a new running mate in the event Jubilee wins the August 8 elections.
While proposing Mr Wamalwa yesterday, DP Ruto urged Western region to support Jubilee for a better chance of ascending to power in the future.The DP said he stood a better chance of ascending to power after president Uhuru Kenyatta completes his two terms.
“My friends, I ask you to support us as we are in this together. You have a realistic chance of winning. I will pick Mr Wamalwa as my running mate and when I complete my term, I will support him to ascend to the top seat,” he said. The former Eldoret North MP maintained he would unite various tribes to ensure they are fully represented in Government.
Ruto was in a region Jubilee Party has toured more than three times in the past one month. He said it would be an uphill task for the National Super Alliance (NASA) to win the August 8 elections because the coalition had no plan for the country.