Talk of who will be William Ruto’s running mate in 2022 when he runs for the presidency has taken centre stage in Central Kenya.
The deputy President has stood firmly behind Uhuru Kenyatta in the hope that the populous Mt Kenya region will vote for him when the President term of office comes to an end.
However, leaders from the region are reportedly pushing for one of their own to be Ruto’s running mate. While the DP has not indicated who he favors to deputize him, it is increasingly clear that is the only way he will be able to garner maximum votes from the region.
We take a look at the leaders who are seen as the most likely to be Ruto’s running mate in 2022:
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru
Her close relationship with President Uhuru Kenyatta will play an upper hand on the DP settling for the no-nonsense Anne Waiguru as his running mate. She holds sway in the region and will be able to marshal Central to vote for the DP.
Meru Senator Kithure Kindiki
He has been a stalwart in the Jubilee Party and a hot favorite to be Ruto’s second in command. The senator will have the added advantage of not being from the Kikuyu community.
Former Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau
A section of leaders from Central have urged Uhuru Kenyatta to appoint former Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau as a Cabinet Secretary in place of Devolution CS Mwangi Kiunjuri. The leaders feel he is the best placed to be the next deputy president.
Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wah
His popularity in Kikuyu and central Kenya by extension gives him an edge over the other leaders. He is an astute debater.
Former presidential candidate Peter Kenneth.
Peter Kenneth ran for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat unsuccessfully. His relationship with Ruto has been anything but icy. Leaders from Central will, however, vote overwhelmingly for Ruto if he opts for Kenneth as his running mate.