A secret political deal between Deputy President William Ruto and Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka ahead of 2022 general election is in the offing.
Kalonzo, who has been wallowing in political wilderness for nearly a decade now, has reached out to the DP, seeking to form a coalition ahead of the forthcoming race to the State House.
A well-paced source has intimated that the former Vice President has sent out emissaries to the DP, offering to back him in his presidential bid on condition he (Ruto) picks him as his running mate or vice vasa.
The DP, who appears to have lost favor with his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta has been criss-crossing the country under the so-called Tangatanga outfit to seek the support of perceived ethnic kingpins.
In the Mt Kenya vote bloc, Ruto has been in similar talks with Gatundu South MP, Moses Kuria and the embattled Kiambu governor, Ferdinand Waititu.
In Nyanza region, Ruto has endeared himself to Migori governor, Okoth Obado while Malindi MP, Aisha Jumwa has been touted as his political pillar in coast region.
On Wednesday, Ruto allied MPs in Ukambani including Victor Munyaka (Machakos Town), Vincent Musyoka (Mwala), Fabian Muli (Kangundo) and Nimrod Mbai (Kitui East) met Kalonzo’s political confidant, former Machakos Senator, Johnstone Muthama in a Nairobi Hotel where they explored modalities of formalizing the Kalonzo-Ruto deal.
Muthama, who is a self-declared political mobilizer in Ukambani is said to have Kalonzo’s ear on matters of political power play.
However, the Ruto MPs’ meeting with Muthama in Nairobi did not go down well with MPs allied to Kalonzo, who felt left out in the consultations.
Kathiani MP, Robert Mbui, his Matungulu counterpart, Stephen Mule, Mavoko’s Patrick Makau, Mwingi Central’s Gideon Mulyungi and Makueni’s Daniel Maanzo have reportedly scoffed at the deal, accusing the Ruto team of ‘lacking political etiquette.’
“That arrangement will not go far. We will not allow them to engage our party leader without consulting us because we do not believe in DP Ruto in the first place. We are asking our party leader, Kalonzo to tread carefully because those are political conmen,” said Mbui who is the Wiper party’s national organizing secretary.
The Kathiani MP said they will not support Kalonzo if he decides to become anyone’s running mate. “Kalonzo must not lower himself again to anybody as a running mate. We have been packaging him as a serious presidential candidate and that position has not changed,” he added.
The former Vice President was ODM leader Raila Odinga’s running mate in both 2013 and 2017 general elections, where they successively lost to Jubilee’s Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto.
In 2007, Kalonzo also unsuccessfully vied for the presidency, polling a distant third after tthen-PresidentMwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga.