Patronage of dp ruto and cs charles keter with whom

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patronage of DP Ruto and CS Charles Keter with whom Chepkwony had not bothered to align himself.SMOKE-FILLED ROOMSIn Bomet, Governor Isaac Rutto has bolted from Jubilee and is now a NASA co-principal. Incidentally, the smoke created in Bomet has pushed him out of the house, and the seat is left to be purely a Jubilee race. Rutto is creating a soft landing for himself come August 9 when the newspaper front pages will be carrying the story of his defeat.The problem with his move to NASA is that many who had trooped to his Mashinani party had been banking on the fact that he was (quietly) in the neutral zone and had even told the people that they could vote for Jubilee at the presidency level and a lower lev-els they should vote for his party.For many, it was like being an in-dependent candidate. Their fortunes have now been tied to whomever NASA picks, but either way, they stand no chance in Jubilee strongholds. Their goose, like Rutto’s, is now largely cooked.REMOVING GOVERNOR KIDERORuto’s 2022 bid is also strongly tied to the outcome of Nairobi governor race. Jubilee’s man to face incumbent Gov-ernor Evans Kidero will still face the uphill task of removing him. Kidero came to office after approaching the power brokers and the city fathers who gave him their blessing. This blessing may not be there this time round, as it has (I highly suspect) gone to Jubilee candidate Peter Kenneth.Kenneth, on the other hand, was seen as Ruto’s biggest threat in 2022 and so it was in Ruto’s best interest to have him governor of Nairobi, thus re-moving him from contention in 2022. However, the rambunctious Senator Mike Sonko connects very well with the poor majority in the city and there-fore he has an edge over Kenneth for his practical approach to politics.A friend lost a relative who was undergoing treatment in the city last week. As they waited to plan how to transport the body, someone ap-proached the Sonko Rescue Team and the body was immediately transported to Kericho, cutting great costs for the family ahead of the funeral.Sonko must get the seat, otherwise, he is capable of working vigourously against Ruto’s future interests.THE HAND OF THE GODSIn the end, it is perhaps in Ruto’s best interest to carefully evaluate the mean-ing of the outcome of the Jubilee nomi-nations. Perhaps of greater importance is to be careful what he prays for. It might just lead to a different set of tears come 2022.WHAT PRIMARIES MEAN FOR RUTOPerhaps more than he cares to admit, Ruto’s 2022 bid for the presidency largely depends on the outcome of the ongoing Jubilee nominations across all its strongholds. Whoever emerges the winner, will play key parts in his stra-tegic positioning ahead of that crucial upcoming poll. It will determine many things including the kind of support he will receive, the financing and the geographical reach on the ground and the vibrancy of his campaigns going into 2022. Although he has vowed not to support anyone for a seat, his silent hand can be seen in the preference of

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