Isaac Ruto’s next plan after missing out cabinet appointment
Former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto is now keen to revamp his Chama Cha Mashinani party besides rescuing his dwindling political fortunes in South Rift region, it has now emerged.
Mr Ruto, who ditched NASA moments after August 2017 polls, has kept a low profile in recent months. He made an appearance at Kabarak during the burial of Jonathan Moi last week.
But on Wednesday, sources say he emphasized on need to revamp his CCM party as an alternative to Jubilee in the larger Rift Valley region. He’s keen to recapture the gubernatorial seat in 2022 from Dr Joyce Laboso.
“We just met for lunch and to discuss socio-economic interests of the community and the challenges Rift Valley farmers are facing. No politics was discussed but we want to understand Mashinani Party a bit more. This is the time for politicians to look for alternatives,” said Mr Zedekiah Bundotich, moments after meeting Ruto on Wednesday.
The decision by Mr Bundotich to ditch DP William Ruto’s camp and giving a hint of joining CCM party is an indication that Mr Isaac Ruto is keen for a political duel with the DP yet again.
Early this year, there were speculations that Mr Ruto was to be appointed to cabinet. However, President Uhuru Kenyatta is yet to consider him for the job. Also, DP Ruto’s allies claimed that CCM party was to be taken by them as an alternative in case of break up in Jubilee.
In the Wednesday’s meeting were Joshua Kutuny, Silas Tiren and Zakayo Cheruiyot, who have been criticising the DP. The meeting could yet ignite a vicious political battle, coupled with KANU fireworks, a move that could sabotage DP Ruto’s grip in the Rift Valley.
“No one seems to care about them any more. The prices of maize and milk have dropped significantly while our farmers toil day and night. Expect more meetings in the future,” said Mr Tiren.