With the 2022 general elections fast approaching, Deputy President William Ruto is trying to gain the support of other regions. Reports have revealed that the Deputy President is trying to win over senior figures in the Rift Valley. This way, he will cement his place in the Rift Valley region.
Ruto is reportedly trying to woo political strategists, opinion shapers, and tycoons to his camp that supported former President Moi during his reign.
The Deputy President is allegedly trying to dismantle Moi’s political empire. By doing so, his son, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, who is also eyeing the presidency, would not benefit.
Sources claim that Ruto and his supporters met Mzee Moi’s long-time press secretary Lee Njiru to make their intentions known. According to the source, Mr. Njiru would help Ruto approach Moi’s former advisors.
“We want to ensure that Ruto has no strong competitor in Kalenjin land. Therefore, we are targeting those who were powerful in Mzee Moi’s regime. Gideon Moi will only remain with Kanu Secretary-General Nick Salat and Tiaty MP William Kamket,” one of Ruto’s allies said.
Soi MP Caleb Kositany recently revealed that they were planning intensive grassroots campaigns.
“We want to ensure that the Rift Valley region rallies behind Ruto,” he said.
“Lee Njiru is an asset to our camp. He is connecting us to influential figures in Mzee Moi’s regime,” Daniel Rono, the Keiyo South MP, said.
Oscar Sudi and Cornelius Serem said that Moi’s former supporters would join Ruto’s camp since they did not have another option. They noted that the Deputy President was very popular in the region.
Mr. Sogomo and Mr. Yego, some of the late President’s confidants, said that neither Ruto nor Gideon Moi had approached them regarding 2022 politics.
Kanu Secretary-General Nick Salat, Gideon Moi’s ally, said that they intend to reach out to the late Moi’s allies to improve their candidate’s chance of getting the coveted presidential seat.
“Gideon Moi is reaching out to friends of Mzee and also to new allies,” he said.