On Wednesday, January 11, the Opposition leaders converged at the Bomas of Kenya to make a key declaration ahead of the General Election scheduled for August.
But one key associate of the National Super Alliance, Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto – was conspicuously absent at Bomas where the Raila Odinga-led Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) and its affiliates promised to unite with the sole aim of sending the Jubillee government packing.
Governor Ruto had on previous occasions hinted at joining Nasa, in his usual attacks against Jubilee which he was once allied to.
Pundits now believe the outspoken Governor might have sensed the dangers of fully siding with the Opposition, that he risks losing his seat.
Others even think that Governor Ruto might even make amends with his political rival Deputy President William Ruto as the polls fast approach.
The Governor, since ditching Jubilee, has been focusing on creating dominance in the South Rift by attacking DP Ruto with the aim of causing disunity in the vote-rich Rift Valley. He even started his own political outfit Chama Cha Mashinani.
Following the governor’s rebellious ways, a calculating DP Ruto has fronted National Assembly Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso to fly the Jubilee Party flag and oust the governor.
The Rift Valley is still largely seen as a Jubilee zone despite Kanu’s Gideon Moi and Ruto making little inroads and danger therefore larks for politicians not siding with the deputy president.
It will be remembered that during the Kericho Senatorial by-election, DP Ruto’s favourite candidate, Aron Cheruiyot, convincingly beat Kanu’s Paul Sangwho who was also backed by Governor Ruto.