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DP’s allies rules out Raila-Ruto alliance

By Otieno Otieno

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A section of Deputy President William Ruto allies have ruled out any possibility of an alliance between the DP and opposition chief Raila Odinga ahead of the 2022 polls.

This is after Gatundu South lawmaker Moses Kuria predicted that the two could form an alliance and succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

But in politics there are no permanent enemies and no permanent friends — only permanent interests.

According to Ruto’s honchos, the DP and Raila have different political ideologies and cannot unite, saying the 2013 unity between Mt Kenya and Rift Valley still stands.

During the burial of ANC boss Musalia Mudavadi’s mother in Vihiga county, President Kenyatta suggested that it was time for other communities to produce a President ruling out Kikuyu and Kalenji communities that have held the reigns of power.

Kuria had predicted there are very good chances that Ruto and friend-turned-foe Raila would join forces.

On Wednesday, United Democratic Alliance (UDA) chairman Johnson Muthama declared the party’s ideology and programmes are different from those of Orange Party.

“Raila believes in empowering tycoons and the top of the pyramid while Ruto is for the empowerment and uplifting of the hustlers. UDA is pursuing a pro-people agenda while Raila is after power. For months now, we have been building a party that has a different ideology altogether. Different from what some of our competitors believe in,” said Muthama.

“We want a new Kenya where the wealth of our nation is distributed equally and not the current situation where a few individuals have captured the economy for their own benefit,” he said.

Muthama also said passage of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2020 in a majority of the counties — including those where Ruto enjoys huge support — should not be misconstrued to mean the DP has lost his support base.

“If MCAs were to vote on the BBI Bill without coercion and intimidation, they would not have passed it. They voted for it because they were paid. We are now waiting to see if they will also pay Kenyans to pass it in a referendum,” he said.

Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu) and a DP’s ally from the Central region opined that some political brokers would like a Raila-Ruto alliance after they realize that they are unable to persuade the people of Mt Kenya to abandon the DP.

“The DP working with Raila is a fertile imagination of political conspiracy theorists. The people of Mount Kenya have seen the good deeds of the DP and the plans he has that resonate well with them.The hustler movement is unstoppable,” he said.

He added:  “The DP is pushing a national unity agenda devoid of ethnic and regional mobilization and has refused the invitation to engage in this retrogressive politics around ethnicity and kingpinship.”

Ichung’wa said the DP is focused on selling his vision and agenda to the people and has publicly said he is not seeking an endorsement, except the people’s

According to Hilary Koskei (Kipkelion West) there is a journey the DP and President Kenyatta started in 2013 and the DP is focused on that with the support of friends who have boarded the hustler ship.

“We regard the former Prime Minister as a worthy competitor in 2022. Raila is our main and serious competitor. We are also aware he is part of line-up projects being considered by the President’s side to succeed Uhuru,” said Koskei.

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