For sometime now, Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny has been on the neck on Deputy President William Ruto. He is seen by many as one the reasons DP Ruto might not end up enjoying 100% support from the people of the Rift Valley come 2022.
He has time and again criticized DP William Ruto’s methods and has even implicated the DP in grave corruption scandals.
With this in mind, Ruto and his camp have finally devised a plan that will help them do away with the Vocal Kutuny, at least for sometime.
Tanga Tanga is now fronting former Minister Kipruto Arap Kirwa to go head to head with Kutuny in the 2022 General Elections for the Cherangany Parliamentary seat that he lost to incumbent Joshua Kuttuny in 2007.
Sources familiar with the Ruto-Kirwa plot against Kutuny say it is partly hinged on the former Agriculture minister’s plummeting financial fortunes that have seen the deep-pocketed DP come to his rescue, with weekly handouts, particularly on weekends.
Having twice failed to navigate the increasingly murky political waters when he failed to clinch the senatorial seat in 2012 and 2017, Kirwa, now Musalia Mudavadi’s ANC deputy party leader, is hoping that Kutuny’s falling out of favour with the DP can only work well to revamp his political fortunes. Kirwa has silently of late divorced ANC.
The former MP has already hit the ground running, covertly doing the DP’s bidding as he strategically fashions his own standing ahead of 2002 with Ruto’s full blessings.
Having been in the political wilderness since 2007, Kirwa found the going tough financially, seeing him sell part of his land in Moiben in Uasin Gishu county. He bought the land from former Eldoret North MP, the late Reuben Chesire.
Close associates reveal that it was during his United Democratic Movement heyday in the post-YK’92 era that the lobby group leader Cyrus Jirongo bought him. It was during his tenure as Agriculture minister that Kirwa bought prime land.
The affable politician has never recovered to date, twice making unsuccessful stabs at the Trans Nzoia senatorial position against Henry Ole Ndiema and Michael Mbito in 2013 and 2017 respectively.
Do you think that Kipruto Arap Kirwa has what it takes to help do away with Kutuny?