Deputy President William Ruto spent his December holidays receiving delegations at his Sugoi home in Uasin Gishu County.

According to the Standard, the Deputy President met delegations led by governors and other leaders from various regions in an effort to consolidate his support.

Reports indicated that during the meetings, Ruto sought to present himself as the front runner in the race to succeed Uhuru amidst hurdles.

Succession politics

Ruto met Myoot Council of Elders from Uasin Gishu and reports indicated that 2022 succession politics dominated talks.

Deputy President William Ruto Deputy President William Ruto

“He was clear nobody should be denied a chance to vie for a seat of their choice or told to step aside for another person," one of the elders who attended the meeting stated.

"He said everyone is at liberty to express their democratic right because each contestant will eventually have their own supporters. He assured us the race will not split the community,” he added.

Development discussions

However, Moiben MP Silas Tiren dismissed the meetings, stating they were geared towards addressing challenges facing the Rift Valley region.

The meetings come after Jubilee vice-chairman David Murathe made remarks that the central region did not owe the DP anything.

Nominated MP Gideon Keter with Deputy President WIlliam Ruto after meeting Nakuru leaders at his Karen Nominated MP Gideon Keter with Deputy President WIlliam Ruto after meeting Nakuru leaders at his Karen

Addressing the comment the DP stated: “There is nothing like being endorsed for the top seat. Some people are hanging around waiting for endorsements."

DP Ruto further stated: "How do you expect to be endorsed for this seat? You must work for it.”