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With the 2022 General Election fast approaching, debates as to who will succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta when his two-term reign comes to an end is heating up. Efforts and political machinations are on top gear.
Although a section of Kenyans had tipped Deputy President (DP) William Ruto to occupy the House on the hill come 2022, recent political events, including the March 9, 2018 Uhuru-Raila Handshake and the subsequent Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) has changed a lot.
Political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi launched a scathing attack at DP Ruto, saying that the former Eldoret North MP would be nothing, at least politically, without the Kikuyu vote.
According to Ngunyi, who invented the ‘Tyranny of Numbers Politics’ in Kenya, Ruto gave Uhuru only 1.4 million votes from Rift Valley region yet Uhuru brought in 6 million votes of his own, to win the 2013 Presidential race.
Taking to Twitter, Ngunyi lashed at Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen over what he terms as “talking GIBBERISH as usual when he SAYS that Ruto made Uhuru President.” Mutahi Ngunyi further claims that if you remove the Kikuyu vote from Ruto, he is nothing in Kenya’s political arena.
Kenyans on Twitter (KoT) reacted to this sentiments, including former IEBC Commissioner Roselyne Akombe and Former Digital Communications Director at the Presidential Strategic Communications Unit Dennis Itumbi.
Here are their reactions…
If UHURU brought 6M, then without @WilliamsRuto – Raila with his 6.7m would have won the Election. @kipmurkomen is therefore right! Siku hizi hata basic deductions ni problem? Orientation 101, visit an office in @StateHouseKenya called Nakumatt – You need LOGIC, They Got it!
— Dennis Itumbi, HSC (@OleItumbi) September 5, 2020
I agree with you sir, Former DP Ruto only contributed 1.4M votes……Numbers don't lie. pic.twitter.com/UefgMJufjL
— MARIGIRI🇰🇪 (@Dmarigiri_) September 4, 2020
Truth is Ruto himself knows he needs the Kikuyu vote to stand a good chance, this is the only fact that supporters and non supporters must swallow whether sweet or bitter.
— Kenya West© (@KinyanBoy) September 4, 2020
Why do you discuss COMMUNITIES of PEOPLE like VARIETIES of COMMODITIES at an AUCTION? In a city where CONMEN are also CONSULTANTS and BROKERS getting BILLIONS from SCANDALS, the CONTEMPT is RANCID.@
— Eric Ng'eno (@EricNgeno) September 4, 2020
Without the Kikuyu's then who is Uhuru? Where did he get 6million votes?is he the one who delivered north eastern and western Kenya votes?
Dont be short sighted.Ruto is the reason why Uhuru is President.
— Gichuhi Wa Njogu🇰🇪 (@GichuhiwaNjogu) September 4, 2020
The elections were stolen so none of these figures hold. And now what has tribes got to do with anything? The tribal card is all you guys pull whenever we approach elections; what happened to performance and delivery of manifestos! Anyway, who honors them?
— Irene (@njorogei) September 4, 2020
Well, let’s put the numbers aside, for you and I know what happened with the register of voters, KIEMS, data center etc, which cost Chris his life.
Our then “boss” at @IEBCKenya, THE CLERK , “worked hard” thro’ bribes,threats, intimidation to deliver the historic 98% “victory”! https://t.co/OVqOGGZcPZ
— Dr. Roselyn Akombe (@DrRoselynAkombe) September 5, 2020