Mutahi Ngunyi predicts Mt Kenya leader Ruto will name his running mate
Renowned Kenyan political analyst Prof Mutahi Ngunyi has predicted that Deputy President William Ruto will pick his 2022 presidential election running mate from the Mt Kenya region.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday night, Ngunyi boldly predicted that the DP will soon name Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro as his preferred number two candidate.
“Kikuyus in UDA are represented by Ruto. Right? He will choose a Kikuyu running mate right? And his name is Ndindi Nyoro. Right?” he posted.
He further noted that as it stands, DP Ruto’s presidential bid is heavily anchored on support from Mt Kenya region, adding that the latter will be surprised when members of the community ditch him and join ODM leader Raila Odinga at the last minute.
“Kikuyus are lying to Ruto. Without Kikuyus Ruto is zero. And this is how they will avenge the 2007 genocide. Take it or leave it. I am a Kikuyu.
“To Kikuyus, politics is what marathons are for Kalenjins. It is a sport. It is a betting game. That is why they will abandon Ruto if Raila is supported by the 40 tribes of Kenya against Kikuyus and Kalenjins. Simple logic,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, as we draw closer to the August polls, all eyes are on DP Ruto as Kenyans eagerly await for his running mate choice. There have been reports that he could either settle on a leader from Mt Kenya region or his Kenya-Kwanza co-principal Musalia Mudavadi.
Some political analysts have argued that DP Ruto’s choice of running mate could make or break his presidential bid, especially in Mt Kenya region where he is hoping to get huge numbers.
Over the past few weeks, a section of DP’s allies from Mt Kenya have maintained that the Kenya Kwanza running-mate slot is for the region, arguing that the position was reserved long ago before other players came into the team.
Getting a balance and ensuring all players in the team are happy is critical for the DP as losing influential persons this late into the election calendar could be very costly.