President Uhuru Kenyatta is said to have extended his working holiday at the Coast as Ruto shuttles between his Karen and Sugoi homes receiving delegations.
The deputy President William Ruto who did not attend the presidential event held at Mama Ngina Drive was expected in the coastal town in a meeting scheduled between the him and the President at the close of this week but failed to take place.
Ruto instead flew to his Sugoi home to host delegations together with a meeting with leaders from Narok county.
A day after Murathe declared he would block Ruto from the 2022 race, the DP failed to turn up in Mombasa for a presidential event held at Mama Ngina Drive. “The DP will travel on Sunday so as to attend the launch the following day,” DP’s spokesperson David Mugonyi had said ahead of the Monday event. It is not clear why the DP did not travel to Mombasa.
The two leaders communication has been limited to phone calls and messaging through emissaries according a source who sought anonymity.“There is little communication from the two. There is some mistrust between them,” said the source close to the presidency.
The once memorable bromance between the pair has dissipated into thin air and its place taken by mistrust that went a notch higher this week in a flurry of political madness triggered by his men – former Jubilee Vice Chairman David Murathe and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.
n addition, in the last three weeks the DP has slowed down on his travels around the country, his allies in Central Kenya capitulated at the weight of political pressure piled against them in the last one week.
By Thursday evening, all but one of the perceived MPs from Uhuru’s backyard had been forced to eat a humble pie and pledge allegiance to the President and the ‘handshake’.
The DP is understood to have directed his allies to hold their horses. What had started out as personal opinions of Murathe and Kuria had snowballed into a fierce contest for the soul of Jubilee, the party he hopes to ride onto power with in 2022.