Today, December 6 2019, has provided the clearest indication that the Gusii region’s political ground has shifted for DP William Ruto.
DP Ruto was until yesterday expected to, on Monday, preside over a fundraiser in aid of Gusii artistes to set up a recording studio.
But he has sensed hostility, especially from Interior CS Fred Matiang’i’s luteinants and will no longer be coming for the event.
Recently, Gusii politicians led by Richard Onyonka (Kitutu Chache South) and Ben Momanyi (Borabu) and several Young Turks warned the DP against frustrating “our son’s work in government as the Chief minister”.
They told the jilted lover of Jubilee party to work for Kenyans and deliver the Big 4 Agenda instead of being fixated with the 2022 presidential poll.
In the past the DP has been trouping to Gusii region, CS Matiang’i’s backyard, for harambees. In most of his visits, he is often seen with novice politicians from the region like South Mugirango MP Sylvanus Osoro.
Led by governors James Ongwae (Kisii) and John Nyagarama (Nyamira), Gusii region banks their hopes in Mr Matiang’i as the region’s political kingpin. They want him to have a shot at the presidency.
Although Mr Matiang’i maintains that he is not a politician, his aides (who earn salary because of him) have formed several social media accounts to campaign for him (with Matiang’i’s knowledge) but the CS is not rejecting their push. Perhaps an indication that Matiang’i is interested in the top seat. But this, time will tell.
However, the DP’s point man in Gusii who is Kisii deputy governor Joash Maangi, communicated the cancellation of the artistes event saying it would be held on a later date.
“The planned visit by H.E. the deputy president Dr William Ruto to Kisii to aide artists from Gusii to build a modern state of the art recording studio that was scheduled for Monday December 2019 had been postponed to Sunday 15 2019 from noon at Kisii school,” he wrote on Facebook.
He added, “The DP will be attending the 2019 African Caribbean and Pacific Group of countries summit of Heads of State from Caribbean Member States at the Kenyatta International Convention Center in Nairobi.”