By Kenya Today reporter
Deputy President William Ruto fired another salvo to the Mt Kenya Mafia insisting the Jubilee government cannot win three consecutive elections.
Uhuru last year indicated that he will go for the 10 years before Ruto dreams of owning State House. However, with the disastrous manner in which the Jubilee government has run public affairs, with sky-rocketing Standard of living, tribalism and mega corruption, it is a gone conclusion that Kenyans, known for pulling firsts, will not vote in the Jubilee Alliance three times consecutively.
According to insiders, the Kalenjins are said to have categorically told Ruto to be at the ballot come 2017 and demand that Mt. Kenya backs him; that way, he can too test the whether the Kikuyus are ‘genuine friends’ and, finally, he too can also have a look at those who fixed him at the Hague like Uhuru has done.
This will lead to the final reconciliation and bring the ghosts of the 2007 violence to rest.
Ruto’s statements were carried by his hatchet man, the rebellious Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter, who told Uhuru to forgo his second term and back Ruto, then get back to the presidency in 2023.
Keter warned that with the high-handedness in the Jubilee administration, skewed employment and grand corruption, it is a pipe dream that Ruto will be voted in after Uhuru in 2013. So, the early the better!
This negotiated democracy has worked in Russia where Putin and Meldev occasionally rotate who becomes the President and who serves as the Prime Minister just between the two of them.
It can happen. If Mt. Kenya backs Ruto in 2017 to a man, assuming Uhuru agrees to this arrangement; it consolidate the whole Kalenjin vote bloc and once again (with a little rigging of course) Jubilee may maintain their hold on power.
But this arrangement will face the first opposition by the Mt. Kenya Mafia. It is no secret that mosts Kikuyus are still apprehensive about the person of William Ruto.
Averag Kikuyus shudder at the thought of Ruto being the commander-in-chief more than even CORD leader Raila Odinga, or Kalonzo Musyoka. Meaning, Ruto must get express endorsement and heavy backing of the Kikuyu elites who will then, in the usual fashion, whip the holoi poloi of the house of Mumbi in voting line.
But assuming Peter Kennneth becomes a spoiler, and gets ‘hidden’ backing of Uhuru as happened when Uhuru backed Kibaki in 2002 while pretending to be himself a presidential candidate; Ruto may never make it, which will make kalenjins be very mad and the Kikuyu diaspora in the Rift Valley be very afraid.