The Mount Kenya region is keenly observing the developments regarding possible alliance between Deputy President William Ruto and ODM party leader Raila Odinga and whether it can come to fruition. They are also keen to see what such an alliance would mean for regional interests.
An alliance between the two political enemies, both interested in succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta, would most certainly shake the region’s political interests and its main selling point, the 8 million vote basket.
Some Ruto allies from the region have opposed any political alliance between the two, saying they will not be party to it and may even bolt out of the DP’s camp.
Kirinyaga Woman Representative Wangui Ngirici said any move by Ruto to form a coalition with Raila would cost him his political support base from the region, as the leaders cannot submit to such a formation.
“If DP Ruto goes ahead and forms a coalition with the ODM Leader, I can tell you without fear that all MPs who support Ruto from the vote-rich basket will abandon him, I being in the frontline,” the kirinyaga women rep said.
She, however, said she had asked Ruto about the matter and he assured her nothing of the sort was on course.
Ngirici said she could not imagine a political union between Ruto and Raila, saying: “It could be a union full of mistrust and hide-and-seek games”.
Mathira member of parliament Rigathi Gachagua also dismissed any talk of Ruto forming an alliance with the ODM leader, saying Raila was not welcome in the DP’s camp.
The Ruto diehard supporter accused the former prime minister of having a history of wreaking havoc in any political formation or government he joined and that Ruto, having known his rival more than his followers, could not agree to form an alliance with him.
“We are not going to enter into any coalition deal with Odinga, that you can take to the bank. If he has subscribed to our hustlers’ transformation agenda, he can do so by way of voting for Ruto as the fifth president in 2022, but we can’t form an alliance with him,” said Mr Gachagua.
He recounted how Raila worked with Ruto in 2007, only to dump him later; how the coalition government between Raila and former president Mwai Kibaki was full of drama and how the unity of the Jubilee government was disrupted when the ODM leader shook hands with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“He has a history of messing. Hustler’s narrative seeks to build the economy based on a bottom-up approach, but this can never be made possible when Odinga is part of the government seeking to implement the programme,” said Gachagua.