Weeks after hinting at forming a coalition with Raila Odinga, Deputy President William Ruto has once again delved into the matter amid anxiety in his camp and with the Mt Kenya region keenly watching an alliance between Raila and Ruto can come to fruition.
Kirinyaga Woman Representative Wangui Ngirici who warned that any move by DP Ruto to team up with Raila will see him (Ruto) lose the political support he enjoys in the region confronted the second in command with the matter and shed some light on the political machinations going on behind the scenes.
“If Ruto goes ahead and forms a coalition with Raila, I can tell you without fear that all MPs who support Ruto from the vote-rich basket will abandon him, I being in the frontline,” Ms Ngirici warned before taking up the matter with Ruto himself.
When she asked Ruto about the rumored coalition with Raila, the self-declared hustler assured her that nothing of the sort was on course.
Ruto put the matter to rest after it became clear that an alliance with Raila could do him more harm than good in the Mount Kenya region with his allies threatening to dump him should he team up with the former Prime Minister.
Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua made it clear that Raila is not welcome to the hustler movement as his entry will only cause chaos and dismantle a political formation that has exuded confidence in winning the 2022 contest.
“We are not going to enter into any coalition deal with Odinga, that you can take to the bank. If he has subscribed to our hustlers’ transformation agenda, he can do so by way of voting for Ruto as the fifth president in 2022, but we can’t form an alliance with him,” said Mr Gachagua.
The Mathira lawmaker revisited Odinga’s political history and the parties he has left in shambles from his days with NARC to working with Ruto in 2007, only to dump shortly after the formation of the coalition government between Raila and former president Mwai Kibaki that was full of drama and how the unity of the Jubilee government was disrupted when the ODM leader shook hands with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“He has a history of messing. Hustler’s narrative seeks to build the economy based on a bottom-up approach, but this can never be made possible when Odinga is part of the government seeking to implement the programme,” Gachagua asserted.