Ruto vs Gideon: How the battle of Egos is killing Kalenjin Unity

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi and Deputy President William Ruto during Jonathan Moi's funeral on Saturday, April 27, 2019

In 2002, Moi fronted Uhuru Kenyatta to run against Mwai Kibaki in one of the most one tribe politics in Kenya. Moi, a professor of Kenyan politics, thought this would be the best weapon to maintain his hold on power.

Unfortunately Uhuru lost the elections and was in the opposition for the a few years before realizing that his best chance on the throne was supporting Kibaki.

Deputy President William Ruto

He was appointed Minister of Finance in the Coalition government and Deputy Prime Minister in the coalition government. The rest as we know is history.

2022 will mark 20 years since that Kikuyu affair and we could witness something similar only this time that it will be a Kalenjin affair.

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William Ruto has set his eyes on Statehouse, but it seems his biggest threat will come from his own Rift Valley backyard in the name of Gideon Moi.

The son of the former President cannot just be ignored again. He thinks he is ready to take over from Uhuru, he believes he is a prince and the presidency belongs to him.

The problem with Ruto is that he has made so many political enemies in his careers. All these enemies have seen the potential in Gideon as the best weapon to stop Ruto.

If Gideon manages to split Rift Valley, like it looks now. It doesn’t necessarily mean that he will become President. It is impossible to become President on the first try.

But he will deny Ruto the presidency in the process. Meaning both of them will miss out on Statehouse. But who will be the biggest loser?

It is the people of Rift Valley, who had hoped to get the Presidency back after 20 years on the sideline.

Ruto and Gideon must thread carefully, the future of the community depends on them.

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