The 2022 succession escalating political temperatures might see Deputy president William Ruto revive his former Party United Democratic Party (URP).
The DP has for a time been sending signals of the URP rebirth since the formation of Tanga Tanga vs Kieleweke. Or is it a tactic he is using against his rivals in the Jubilee Party that if they fail to back him that he still has a party to contest on?
While in West Pokot on Friday, Ruto showed up in a cap with Yellow and Black stripes, resembling the trademark of his former Party URP which was folded in 2017.
The move could be a gesture that he’s about to chart his own political path following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s prolonged silence over his 2022 succession plan.
While URP may not surface again, Ruto’s supporters have also been wearing T-shirts decorated in black and yellow, another indication that a new political outfit could be in the offing.
In April, resurfacing of the attires associated with the party which Ruto used to form a coalition with Uhuru raised questions on his loyalty to the Jubilee Party.
His supporters had worn T-shirts written ‘team WSR’ just before accompanying him to a function in Lang’ata and Dagoretti South constituencies.
In the same month, politicians allied to the DP distributed posters to popularize the DP ambition.
To what is seen as well choreographed move, the deputy president is seen determined to revive the URP party in case he will be denied the Jubilee ticket.
For days now, Ruto has openly asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to part ways with ODM leader Raila Odinga, accusing the former PM of working with sections of Jubilee leaders to block his 2022 presidential bid.
Section of the Jubilee politicians from Mount Kenya led by Maina Kamanda on several instances have claimed that the Ruto will never become president due to his corrupt nature.
However, Ruto has severally denied taking early campaigns.