Deputy President William Ruto’s hustler house is currently under siege from within following a simmering power struggle within ahead of the upcoming 2022 general election.
This is currently witnessed in the regions where the DP frequently visits and his popularity gaining momentum, with his allied leaders out to outshine each other in the process.
The DP recently embarked on a people driven manifesto with the second in command making inroads to various corners of the Country with his allies keen to take advantage of the same in creating power centres around the DP.
Also ongoing is the people centred grassroot recruitments for his United Democratic Alliance linked party which is believed to be his house when 2022 comes.
This has been witnessed in the recent divergence in opinions among party members especially in the fielding of candidates in the upcoming and recently concluded by-elections.
Reiterating the same, University don Professor Edward Kisiangani on Sunday termed that what takes place in the hustler camp as sibling rivalry associated with any movement.
“It is not endangering the hustler nation; hustler nation is not through tribal kingpins. Hustler nation has direct contact with the people. Where it matters most, the people relate with the hustler nation,” Kisiangani said on phone.
He added: “Within the hustler movement there can be disagreements on how people move forward and I think it is not a feature for any one political party. Sibling rivalry is in every political party and so I think there is nobody who can overplay that.”
He added that the movement however has the necessary structures and capacity to address the issues within.
“There could be some sibling rivalry within the hustler party but I think the movement has the capacity to sort it in a way that would be useful to the movement”.
In the upcoming Kiambaa by-election the push and pull saw Moses Kuria’s People’s Empowerment party withdraw from the mini polls after unveiling Raymond Kuria as their candidate.
Kuria sited the sake for peace and thorough consultation with their hustler boss DP Ruto as the reason for the abrupt turn.
In Nakuru County, another notable example, the battle pits Senator Susan Kihika and Bahati legislator Kimani Ngunjiri all of whom are DP’s ardent supporters.
The power challenges were also witnessed in Nyanza office with a group calling themselves Hustler Nation Kisumu chapter expressing their opposition after UDA secretariat appointed Eliud Owalo as the Nyanza coordinator in April.