The question on who to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022 is yet to get an answer. In North rift, the backyard of DP Ruto there is simmering row over looting of funds meant for maize farmers.
Area leaders are divided on support for DP Ruto given the open looting of NCPB funds and the fertiser scandal that has greatly impoverished farmers. Locals have made it clear that DP Ruto should forget about 2022 if issues affecting maize farmers is not resolved soonest possible. Pundits have confirmed DP Ruto’s cartels will be the ones to blame if the game blame explodes due to continued looting of funds meant for farmers.
On Monday, eleven Rift Valley MPs accused their colleagues of being used to weaken DP Ruto’s 2022 game plan.
On Saturday, Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills), Joshua Kuttuny (Cherengany) and Silas Tiren (Moiben) demanded that Ruto be probed over the maize and subsidised fertiliser crisis. This sparked protests among other Kalenjin lawmakers who accused them of being “cheap hired mercenaries”.
Caleb Kositany (Soy), Robert Pukose (Endebess), Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho) and others, said Keter, Kuttuny and Tiren are out to derail the DP’s presidential ambitions.
“The three politicians are known brokers. In fact, one of them, Alfred Keter, who fashions himself as a crusader of the oppressed, is facing numerous forgery and theft cases amounting to hundreds of millions of shillings,” Kositany said.
“The three dimwits, despite being MPs, have not authored any single solution to help farmers. We know political detrators of the DP have failed to contain him.”
He said the trio roam from place to place in an attempt to “slow Ruto at home to create an impression that he’s having a problem — that’s further from the truth”. They said the three pretend to be messiahs for the farmers, yet they don’t advocate their issues in Parliament.
In response, however, Keter and Kuttuny dismissed the claims, saying they are only focussed on issues raised by farmers and are not used by Ruto’s opponents.
They demanded that Ruto personally respond to the “weighty maize scandal allegations”.
“The DP himself needs to come out and pronounce himself on this grave matter affecting our farmers. MPs who called us names and yet they survive on hand-outs can’t tell poor farmers anything,” Kutuny said.
“It’s shame that the leaders who were elected to Parliament by farmers have now turned their backs on them. We have no time for people who only speak to massage the ego of their master.”
Keter said they raised genuine concerns and not petty allegations. “It’s shocking. Our colleagues are attacking us, instead of coming up with a response. If we’re wrong, they should prove it,” he said.
Do you think this rifts will weaken DP Ruto’s game plan towards 2022?