Political analyst Herman Manyora has said that Deputy President William Ruto’s plan to pick a running mate from the Mt Kenya region could spell doom for his presidential aspirations in the 2022 general elections.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Manyora argued that the DP’s decision could ultimately split votes from the region.
The pundit added that whoever DP Ruto would pick, the outcome would cause trouble within the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) camp.
“The DP right now has no choice but to get a running mate from the Mt. Kenya region. However, it will also breed his own problem within the UDA camp. If he takes former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri, what about the likes of Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, and the rest?
“What about his associates from the Mt Kenya East region in Embu, Tharaka Nithi or Meru?” he posed.
He further affirmed that Ruto is caught in a wobbly position in his last gasp effort to save his presidential bid.
“In political feud, it’s not good to be read like a book. So Ruto exposed himself too early,” Manyora noted.
The analyst pointed out that National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi would be a strong candidate if he chose to vie for the top seat as he would be backed by the entire Mt Kenya East region.
Based on this, Manyora opined that the DP should seek the Speaker into his camp to boost his odds.
He further pointed out that in order to save the country from plunging into an adverse economic crisis, Ruto would have to drop the bottom-up economic model and instead adopt key strategies such as the provision of free quality education and healthcare, implementing different policies in order to deal with land ownership issues, engaging in capitalism to ascertain increase in production within the country.
Other solutions Manyora proposed include eradicating slums within Nairobi and its metropolis and establishing houses for the common mwananchi.