Deputy President William Ruto’s failure to heighten the stakes for Jubilee Alliance Party ( JAP) candidate Patrick Tutui is causing jitters within the ruling regime as TNA allied politicians accuse the DP of ‘not doing enough’ to win over residents of Kajiado Central.
So severe is the animosity that President Uhuru chose to personally visit Kajiado to try and salvage the situation.
It all started with the untimely chaos which occurred in Narok and which led to the arrest and detention of five Maasai MPs and Senator Stephen Ole Ntutu. Since then, despite holding considerable sway, these senior Maa politicians have not actively campaigned for the Jubilee Alliance Candidate.
JAP is facing challenges in the Rift Valley as political leaders are increasingly finding it difficult to sell it to the people. It lacks the ‘ownership’ that the United Republican Party brought to the Rift Valley soon after bolting out of ODM.
Matters are made worse for the Deputy President as a huge chunk of the Kalenjin Nation are increasingly ‘returning’ to KANU which President Moi’s son an Baringo Senator Gideon Moi seem to finally revived after a decade of near collapse of the independence party.
Ruto’s vote basket is also becoming smaller considering South Rift is tumultuous and fluidy as ever. A planned meeting in Kapkatet in the new month could be the beggining of the final end of URP but not necessarily the initial entry of JAP.
For Kajiado, likely to be bagged by CORD’s Memusi Kanchory, the Deputy President’s campaign mojo has all been but lacking.
This is causing jitters, with some believing that he is not committed to the new party and may be silently pushing its vanquishing by ODM to let it die a natural death, or force new terms of engagement between his URP and President Uhuru’s TNA which has really metamorphosed into JAP.