Anxiety in Uhuru’s Camp as Insider Reveals Condition to Support Ruto-Raila Alliance

File image of DP Ruto with Raila Odinga

Anxiety has gripped President Uhuru Kenyatta’s camp following reports that Deputy President William Ruto is considering teaming up with ODM party leader Raila Odinga.

Well-placed sources familiar with the plans of the handshake partners divulged to the media that the President has organized a meeting with Odinga over the weekend amid reports that State House is not comfortable with the alliance.

In what signals a change of heart, Jubilee party secretary general David Murathe made it clear that the only way that the president’s side can endorse an alliance between Raila and Ruto is if the former Prime Minister is the presidential candidate.

“I take my brief from two people, Uhuru and Jakom, and I can tell you the handshake is intact. And by the way, if they want an alliance, provided they make Jakom the president, we have no problem with it,” Murathe asserted.

He also maintained that Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya may not be honest in claiming that his meeting with DP Ruto was by chance at a time when other ODM party leaders are claiming that Odinga was not aware of the meeting.

“Oparanya is telling us it was a chance meeting and at the same time saying that Jakom (Raila) was aware. Others are also telling us that Oparanya is not with Jakom. Now, who do you believe? We will wait to hear from the horse’s mouth,” Said Murathe.

File image of DP Ruto, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga

Ruto is reported to be considering an alliance with Raila and media reports indicate that ODM Deputy Party leader Wycliffe Oparanya has the blessings of party leaders to engage with the second in command to make this a reality.

However, State House seems to have reservations towards such an alliance with reports indicating the the One Kenya Alliance bringing together Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Gideon Moi (KANU) and Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) could be the preferred political vehicle.

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