Ruto has been blamed by his detractors in Rift Valley of complacency. Members of his United Republican Party (URP) were opposed to the formation of Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) but the DP went against their wishes and embraced the new party. This brought disquiet among URP members who read mischief from TNA. This was the genesis of the tiff with area leaders and locals.
The war of words with Bomet Governor did not help matters for the DP. Isaac Ruto criticized his namesake in public shaming the DP whose party the governor used to vie for his seat. His star kept dimming after KANU entered the fray. Gideon Moi joined forces with the Bomet governor and speculation is rife that a wider scheme is in play to completely whittle power from the DP.
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A furious Ruto reiterated by claiming that certain leaders were praying for his imprisonment at the ICC. His sentiments, according to political commentators, were meant to elicit sympathy from the Rift Valley populace.
His woes were worsened when President Uhuru named individuals in the ‘list of shame’ who had allegedly been involved in corrupt dealings. The list by the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) named 35 officials who are close allies of the Deputy President. Three of the five CSs and parastatal heads are majorly associated with Ruto’s party. They are Energy CS Davis Chirchir, Agriculture CS Felix Koskei and Labour CS Kazungu Kambi.
Recently, leaders from Rift Valley who included Nandi Senator Stephen Sang, MPs Silas Tiren (Moiben), Jackson Kiptanui (Keiyo South), Kangogo Bowen (Marakwet East), William Kisang (Marakwet West), Cornelly Serem (Aldai), Alfred Keter (Nandi-Hills), Julius Melly (Tinderet) and Zipporah Kerring (Nandi Women Rep), claimed that there was a conspiracy to finish URP before the next general elections.
The claims cannot be wished away as the President was reportedly trying to woo Kalonzo Musyoka on his corner in readiness to the 2017 elections. Such forays have been made in Western Kenya with Eugene Wamalwa being awarded the CS Water and Irrigation docket.
Rift Valleys MPs have been giving him sleepless nights after they threatened to withdraw from the party enmasse following the appointments to state corporations. The DP was forced to call a National Executive Committee meeting to “discuss, among other things, the fresh discontent that is emerging’. The MPs cancelled a planned to hold a press conference where they would denounce President Uhuru Kenyatta appointments.
Ruto is said to have reneged an agreement he had made with the MPs that each constituencies would be given two positions to nominate an individual for appointment in the parastatal sector.
An MP was quoted by the Star as saying:
"We were very unhappy and, as you may be aware, there was a planned press conference to express our unhappiness. I don't know how the DP got to know about it, but, within no time, we were told to put the press conference on hold, then shortly we received an invite for a meeting with him [Ruto],"