Inside the confusion in DP Ruto camp after Uhuru and Raila renewed their bromance, silencing reports of handshake fallout

File image of DP Ruto meeting his troops

Deputy President William Ruto’s team has been thrown into confusion with his foot-soldiers taking with President Uhuru Kenyatta with scathing remarks after the head of state moved in swiftly to assure the public that all is well with the handshake.

The Tanga Tanga political formation have now accused the President of actively attempting to influence his succession and embarking on an elaborate plan to lock out DP Ruto from the contest.

Soy MP Caleb Kositany, who is also the DP’s de facto spokesperson maintained that the head of state is micro-managing 2022 succession after elbowing DP Ruto out of the Jubilee party.

“It is very clear that the President wants to manage his succession, but no President has ever succeeded in this when you look at our history.  When Mzee Moi supported him in 2002, he lost. I do not think that Kenyans are ready for a project presidential candidate,” said Kositany.

He added that contrary to expectations, DP Ruto’s team is not in any way hoping to benefit from a possible fallout between the handshake duo.

“There is a lot of confusion in that friendship and we are not waiting to benefit from that. We have moved on. When they were friends, we are at a very good place. One thing I know is that Raila is going to compete against Ruto in 2022,” he added.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga inspect the Green Park Bus Terminus

The team accused trhe President of fronting tribal kingpins to make it impossible for DP Ruto to penetrate certain regions.

This is after the head of state met governors Hassan Joho (Mombasa) Amason Kingi (Kilifi) and Salim Mvurya (Kwale) with the contents of their discussions remaining a closely-guarded secret.

Commenting on Thursday’s events where the President teamed up with former Prime Minster Raila Odinga, holding a joint press conference and touring projects in Nairobi, the Tanga Tanga brigade maintained that it is just a matter of time before it all ends in tears.

“What happened on Thursday was a smokescreen because Uhuru has realised the repercussions of parting ways with Raila at the moment. He never thought that Raila can pull out of the BBI and he wants to use it to continue being in power as he tries to give power to Raila,” said Keiyo South MP Daniel Rono, another Ruto man.  

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