What does Moi's resurgence mean for Ruto?
29 March 2015, 16:04
Nairobi - That Gideon Moi, son to former president Daniel Moi is busy refurbishing KANU has caused jitters within Deputy President William Ruto's United Republican Party URP, but why?
Gideon has been busy building up his political position and that of the former ruling party KANU in the north Rift in recent times, a move that has caused great concern within URP.
That stance was re-in-forced Friday after Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen was involved in a public spat over KANU with Moi.
The two went at each other's throats, with Gideon especially keen to drive the point home that he does not care slightly about what URP or Ruto feels.
He is going for the position of Kalenjin chief for the 2017 elections.
That said, with Ruto in his position as DP to stay and having delivered thus far for the Kalenjin, the question is, why are there so many jitters within URP?
" Ruto knows the influence Gideon Moi has. He knows that if there is anyone that can push him to the limit, its Gideon," Lecturer Alfred Kipchumba says.
" Gideon is a front-line member of the elitist group that President Uhuru Kenyatta belongs to and most importantly, his father is still a huge political figure in the country".
" I understand that only in the case Ruto gets stuck at the ICC will Gideon potentially come in and take over the Kalenjin reigns. It is very possible and thus the fright from Ruto and URP," he added.
There has been talk of president Kenyatta taking on Gideon in the upcoming elections, a move that many anticipate when it comes to the 2017 poll.
And with the increased number of wrangles and unhappy members, Ruto might find himself on the wrong foot.
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