The rivalry between Deputy President William Ruto and his backyard political rival Gideon Moi has worsened following a meeting at the DP’s rural home to strategise how to curtail the growing Kanu presence in the region ahead of his presidential bid in 2022.
Ruto’s main obstacle to receiving the all important solid Kalenjin backing in his bid to succeed his boss – President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022, is former president Daniel Moi’s son Gideon hence the DP’s current major project of making sure that the Baringo Senator loses his seat in 2017.
It is said that during the meeting, Ruto influenced the Betting Control and Licensing Chairperson, Simon Chelugui, to vie for the Senatorial seat instead of the earlier declared gubernatorial one.
An irked Moi, perhaps because of the Sugoi endorsement, told off Uhuru’s number two, asking residents to vote for leaders who were adding to their interests.
“Vote for leaders who work to help you, not those who work to enrich themselves,” Moi said recently in a public gathering.
DP Ruto continues to receive backlash from his naysayers in his Rift Valley backyard and is accused of imposing candidates on the electorate so as to unseat the incumbent rival for his own political gain as he prepares to succeed Uhuru Kenyatta.
This is happening even as a member of the ODM party council asked Moi to join the Opposition’s National Super Alliance (NASA) to help send home Uhuru and the Jubilee government.
Pundits however believe that Moi doesn’t have any problems with Uhuru whose reelection he will back, that he has his eyes on the big seat in 2022 and is doing all within his powers to overshadow DP Ruto ahead of the then presidential race.