Elders Warn Ruto, Moi against Battles
Kalenjin elders have warned the Deputy President William Ruto and Baringo Senator, Gideon Moi of the constant battles for supremacy in the Rift Valley region. Speaking on Thursday, the elders led by the former Myoot Council chairman, Major (Rtd) John Seii, the elders warned that the continued supremacy battle between the two leaders will see them lose in the 2022 general elections.
According to the elders, the two leaders have not heeded to their advice over time, all their efforts to unite the two have been futile. They cited incidences where they tried to bring the two together but all in vain.
According to the elders, the gap between the two has further been widened by their allies who have constantly engaged in war of words leading to widening of the rift between the two leaders.
They stated that the leaders need to be united and harmonize their efforts to have the community regain the presidency which has been away from them for over fifteen years now after former President Kibaki took over the high office.
Kibaki ruled for two terms after which President Uhuru Kenyatta took over after being backed up by William Ruto. The Deputy President has consistently been kept on toes by Gideon Moi and his allies in the KANU party and some few leaders in the Jubilee party. Those opposed to Ruto have accused him of having a hand in the maize scandal which destabilized the cost of maize in the maize producing regions in the country.
On the other hand, leaders opposed to Gideon Moi accuse him and his allies of dirty politics. They claim that Moi and his allies have politicized the maize scandal as a way of earning mileage. They claim that they are too weak to engage the Deputy President, thus have resorted into engaging in dirty politics to derail his 2022 presidential ambitions.
This comes at a time when Ruto’s allies have constantly pressed on President Kenyatta to make clear if he will back up Ruto into State House in the 2022 elections. Many people have also questioned the loyalty of President Kenyatta’s loyalty to the promises he made in 2017, as he said he would support Ruto into the presidency in 2022.
By Peter Gitutu