Photo:Ruto supporters holding a peaceful demonstration over Kabogo’s remarks.
Kiambu Governor William Kabago’s remarks that Deputy President William Ruto should not expect automatic support from Central Kenya in his 2022 presidential bid are now threatening to rock the ruling Jubilee coalition.A section of leaders and residents from the DP’s North Rift backyard are now threatening to decamp from Jubilee over the remarks, which they termed as insensitive, owing to the region’s overwhelming support for the coalition in the 2013 General Election.Mr Ruto’s United Republican Party (URP) and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s The National Alliance (TNA) teamed up in the run-up to the last elections with the agreement that Mr Kenyatta will lead for two terms then pave the way for Mr Ruto’s two terms, beginning in 2022. West Pokot County Deputy Governor Titus Lotee said if Mr Kabogo’s remarks were anything to go by, it was a clear indication that the vote-rich Rift Valley will have no option but to withdraw its support for President Kenyatta in 2017. Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter and his Kapseret counterpart Oscar Sudi termed Kabogo’s words as “reckless”. The duo said that the remarks should not be taken lightly by the people of Rift Valley. “We want to make it clear that majority of MPs, elected leaders and community leaders in Rift Valley are unhappy with Kabogo’s remarks. We stood firm and voted for President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2013. We will vote for him in 2017. But we should not be taken for granted by the likes of Kabogo,” Mr Sudi, the Kapseret MP, said. Mr Keter pointed out that Governor Kabogo was out to cause divisions and political animosity between communities in Rift Valley.However, Kapenguria MP Samuel Moroto said that Rift Valley politicians were solidly behind the Deputy President.
“We are behind the DP and Kabogo has even been told off by his fellow Mt Kenya leaders,” he said.
He warned politicians against making reckless utterances without considering that what they say may build or destroy the country.