Uhuru in a dilemma as cracks emerge in Jubilee
Uhuru's tough choices as relationship with DP Ruto's camp sinks
While the president has stated on numerous occasions that the time for politicking is up and has given succession politics a wide berth, the DP and his camp have gone all out, campaigning and plotting how he will succeed Uhuru.
His silence on succession politics has raised eyebrows with a section of DP Ruto’s camp challenging him to declare his stand after several leaders from the Jubilee party warned that support for DP Ruto in 2022 is not guaranteed.
As such, the president is faced with a dilemma of appeasing his deputy by delving into succession politics or focusing on his legacy by delivering the Big 4 Agenda.
His decisive action against corruption has also placed him on a collision path with DP Ruto’s camp ho feel that the fight against corruption is targeting the DP and his camp.
Should Uhuru soften his stand on corruption to please the disgruntled camp, his legacy will be tainted and Kenyans who have expressed.
If he continues with the onslaught on corruption and ignores the concerns of the disgruntled camp, fragile bonds holding him and is deputy may snap.
From all indications, DP Ruto’s camp has embarked on early campaigns and have been traversing the country, even as President Kenyatta focuses on the Big 4 agenda.
This has angered a section of Jubilee leaders with Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu asking that “With people already campaigning for 2022, when will the president ever deliver his promises?”
If the president allows the current trend to continue, he will have little or no time to deliver on his election promises that form part of his legacy.
Should he stump his authority and compel DP Ruto’s camp to stay away from succession politics and focus development, he may deny the DP an early start in the 2022 succession race.
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