Details have merged of yet another multi-faceted plan to scuttle Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 bid by grounding members of his Tangatanga team that have embarked on early campaigns ahead of 2022.
Reports indicate that the team which has significantly scaled down its activities is under siege as powerful operatives move in to trim the DP to size and scuttle his 2022 bid.
In the recent past, rallies by the team across central Kenya have been disrupted with ugly scenes dominating.
His team has also been greatly weakened with several facing corruption charges and giving the camp the undesired publicity by associating with corruption.
Among those who have been arrested and prosecuted are Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu.
It has also emerged that several politicians from Mount Kenya region who had declared support for the DP have since been prevailed on to rethink their support and have been shunning him like plague.
Most recently, Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi was conspicuously missing when DP Ruto camped in the Meru region for two days.
Several of those who have been pre-occupied with Ruto’s 2022 bid have also been given more reason to worry with their opponents being appointed to influential positions in what many see is a strategy to ensure that the Pro-Ruto camp has little time to market his 2022 bid but instead focus on their own political battles.
In Maragua, Kiharu and Kandara, where MPs are perceived to be Dr Ruto’s handlers, their opponents were given top appointments.
In Kiharu, Mr Karanja Mburu, an arc-rival of Ndindi Nyoro, will be heading Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport project.
Former Nyeri Women Representative Priscilla Nyokabi who is pro-Uhuru, was recently appointed a commissioner in the National Gender and Equality Commission and will most likely give Tangatanga’s Rehab Mukami some food for thought.
All the recently appointed poll losers have embarked on an ambitious campaign to back President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration, drumming up support for “handshake” and condemning its opposers.
Perhaps aware of the new strategy, Tangatanga team members have been on record stating that they will not be intimidated or coerced into ditching DP Ruto’s camp.
Commenting on the appointments, Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro said: “That’s a plus to our people in Kiharu; we are grateful to the State for remembering one of us and, if another chance arises, let them remember us again since Kiharu is a vast constituency”.