The Kikuyu Council of Elders wants Deputy President William Ruto to retire together with Uhuru Kenyatta when his term expires in 2022. Yesterday, the council’s national secretary general Peter Munga said Ruto is part and parcel of the current presidency and should, therefore, prepare to exit with the Uhuru administration.
“As a Council we are very serious that he [Ruto] has to pack with Uhuru. If Uhuru has to leave in 2022, the deputy should follow suit.”
It was the clearest signal yet of the fluid nature of the DP’s support in Central Kenya, which has been sending mixed signals. Munga said Ruto should be satisfied with his 10-year tenure as DP because he has always been vowing to give his best advice to his boss [Uhuru].
“If he has given his best, what would he be doing after 10 years? He would be obsolete,” Munga said.
The elders’ statement appeared to deepen the tension in the Jubilee Party, which exploded on Sunday after Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen, a key Ruto ally, publicly protested that officials in the presidency were undermining the DP.
Murkomen warned that Jubilee would disintegrate if the President doesn’t rein in top government officials who are out to scuttle Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.