Despite ICC case, Uhuru firmly behind Ruto ahead of 2017 elections
02 February 2016, 18:53
Nairobi - It might be no secret but President Uhuru Kenyatta is firmly behind DP William Ruto ahead of the 2017 polls, regardless of his fate in the ongoing ICC trial at the Hague.
State House insiders state firmly that the President is keen to get Ruto out of the ICC quagmire and looking forward to taking on a second term as President with him as his deputy.
Despite some opposition to the newly formed Jubilee Party which has been formed by the two, Uhuru and Ruto are happy with their association and keen to extend it as much as possible.
" The President is very happy with Ruto and keen to keep the partnership going well beyond 2017," a State House source told News24.
The President is said to be so much behind Ruto, he is willing to force the DP not to cooperate with the ICC once African nations pull out of the Rome statutes.
The Rome statutes state that even if a country pulls out, ongoing cases will go on to the end.
Ruto's is set to go to the end then, but if things go haywire, then the President will back his DP.
" The Jubilee Party is a mark of the President's trust in Ruto come the 2022 elections. He is showing him that they are together," the source added.
Ruto is currently trying to have his crimes against humanity trial at the Hague dismissed.
That said, some who know the DP feel that he is being used and will be dumped ahead of the 2022 polls.
" I have told my people that this Jubilee Party is not for them. The DP is being used to build a block that will not support him in 2022, Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto says.
Ruto has since decamped from the Jubilee Party and says he will work with the former ruling party KANU to give the Kalenjin Community an identity.
" Jubilee Party is doomed to fail. You will tell me one day," he adds.
2022 is a different matter. As far as 2017 is concerned though, Uhuru is fully behind Ruto and that, it is said has no chance of changing.
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