William Ruto: Biggest beneficiary in Uhuru win as 2022 bid takes shape

He promised to deal with Raila, Kalonzo and Wetangula since the CORD days, and he did exactly that.

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Deputy President William Ruto. PHOTO: KENYA-TODAY

Love him or hate him, Deputy President William Ruto is a go getter who lets nothing stand in his way, making him the biggest winner of the outcome of Tuesday, August 9 historical Presidential battle.

Following a successful reelection of President Uhuru Kenyatta for a second and final term in office, his number two and preferred heir’s 2022 presidential bid received a major boost and remains well on course.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto at Bomas on August 11, 2017 after they were declared winners of the elections. PHOTO: PSCU

Number two’s enormous desire to inherit the crucial Central Kenya voting bloc, as a spring board for his already declared 2022 presidential bid, now seems more probable than ever after proving a gazillion of his critics wrong.

The National Super Alliance (NASA) flagbearer, Raila Odinga, during one of his campaigns, described Ruto as the bad cop in his and Uhuru’s political partnership.

Painting DP Ruto in bad light was a radical onslaught that largely raised the stakes and depicted the presidential race an indirect battle pitting the Opposition against Ruto who once wined and dined with Raila.

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If Chebukati announced Raila the winner of the just concluded polls, Ruto’s ambition to be Kenya’s President in 2022 would have become one long pipe dream.

But Uhuru carried the day which has cemented Ruto’s central role within the Jubilee political equation.

Wins by DP Ruto’s key pointmen in his strategic Rift Valley, and felling of his enemies in the backyard has also made his dreams more practical.

Case in point is his well calculated and managed onslaught against mutiny by rebellious Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto who was made the fifth principal in the Opposition coalition. He lost his seat to Sotik MP Joyce Laboso, a key ally of the DP’s.

But once the dust settles, Ruto will have to restrategise after political nemesis and neighbour, Gideon Moi, recaptured his Baringo Senate seat. He too wants to have a taste of presidency like his dad before him.

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Deputy President William Ruto votes on August 9, 2017. /TWITTER

Ruto is also celebrating the fall of vocal Meru county boss Peter Munya who lost to his ally Kiraitu Murungi. Munya, the former chairman of the council of governors, had become a thorn in Ruto’s 2022 presidential ambition.

Uhuru’s win is a massive boost for Ruto as he looks to inherit the all-important Central political constituency.

Ruto also has to rethink his strategy in Western Kenya as his two pointmen lost in the Tuesday polls. Labour Party leader who is also the Budalangi Member of Parliament, Ababu Namwamba, and  Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka, denied the DP a clean slate. They joined the list of big names that lost.

But Kenya’s second in command had the last laugh as leaders in Central Kenya who accused hims of having a hand in their losses during April nominations, were swept away by the Jubilee floods. They had said the DP sponsored, funded and bankrolled his allies in Mt Kenya in preparation for his 2022 presidential bid.

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They include his fiercest critic in Central Kenya, Kiambu Governor William Kabogo who was left licking his wounds following his rival Ferdinand Waititu Babayao’s convincing win.

Peter Kenneth, another of DP’s bitter rivals was also felled in his bid to capture Nairobi governorship. Jubilee Party’s Mike Sonko won convincingly leaving the incumbent Evans Kidero of ODM biting the dust. PK was a distant third.

Watch this old video of DP Ruto declaring war against the Opposition leaders: