The former Premier agreed to meet the DP even after he called him a witch and a devil worshiper. It has now emerged that Ruto is not confident that the Gema community will vote for him after Uhuru’s term in office comes to an end.
Ruto reportedly apologized to the CORD leader saying his utterances are only for political expediency and nothing personal.
The DP is well aware of the possibility that the Kikuyu community may not vote for him come 2022. This fear has been reinforced by Kiambu Governor William Kabogo who said that Ruto should not assume that he will be the Jubilee automatic candidate in 2022.
The sentiments have been rubbished by a section of Central MPs but those close to the DP, led by Uasin Gishu Governor Mandago, are not taking the signals by powerful Mt Kenya power-brokers for granted.
Mandago said he was privy to secret meetings held by Central Kenya politicians to curtail chances of Uhuru ascending to the presidency.
Leaders from the vote rich Rift Valley region read mischief in former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth decision to run for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat. They feel that it is a ploy by Jubilee to prep him to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022 at the expense of DP Ruto.
The Governor said that they were aware Boniface Mwangi was being used to malign the name of the DP:
“For those who have dreams that they will tarnish Ruto’s name through someone called Boniface Mwangi, so that by 2022 they start giving excuses, we will not accept that”
The DP was quoted by Kenya-Today as saying:
“Mzee najua saa ingine ninakukosea heshima kidogo but its nothing personal but political. Please pardon me for any unwarranted remarks that I may have made against you in the past”
“You know you are our political pillar and mentor and we as a country, cannot afford to survive without you. Ingawaje saa ingine huwa unakuja rough kidogo, we still respect your sentiments. Who know, I might need you in the near future because of my Presidential ambitions. Please back me in 2017. I know you have a loyal class and if you back me, I’ll automaticall become President” Added Ruto.