Deputy President William Ruto has found himself between a rock and a hard place after being isolated and with President Uhuru Kenyatta warming up to the One Kenya Alliance, leaving Ruto with tough options.
Further complicating matters for the second in command is the renewed bromance between former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and the president.
Speculation is rife that the head of state is keen on locking out DP Ruto from the 2022 succession matrix and is working behind the scenes to bring together Raila, Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Gideon Moi (Kanu) and Moses Wetang’ula of Ford Kenya in an alliance that will see DP Ruto’s ambitions fail.
With such a formidable alliance, Ruto will be left with only two options: Come to the negotiation table and join the alliance or proceed to the ballot and receive a thorough beating. Either way, he stands no chance at succeeding the head of state.
According to former Minister Frankline Bett, the President is expected to try to prevail upon Raila and the alliance to eventually join forces in a move that will see DP Ruto sent home.
“I am seeing a situation where there will be negotiations between Raila and One Kenya with the President playing an active role in the background when the juggling settles,” he said.
Reports indicate that powerful forces are out to trim DP Ruto to size by scuttling the inroads he has been making particularly in the Coast where Governors Hassan Joho (Mombasa), Amason Kingi (Kilifi) and Salim Mvurya (Kwale) recently met the president at State House with details of their deliberations remaining a closely-guarded secret.
Bett admitted that “the Deputy President is walking a tightrope” with all politicians ganging up against DP Ruto, he is cutting the image of a lonely man, a ‘common political enemy’.
“Ruto is a lone ranger, it is quite tough for him going forward,” Bett said, insisting that his options are thinning out.
The powerful forces have launched a charm offensive targeting key regional bigwigs to leave DP Ruto a one-man army surrounded by political novices.