Saturday April 25, 2015 - Deputy President William Ruto is a worried man as far as his political future is concerned.
There is a growing rebellion in Kalenjinland which has resulted into political rivalry pitching him against Bomet Governor, Isaac Ruto, and Baringo Senator, Gideon Moi.
His future political uncertainty has got him stressed to the point that his health has been affected and the man is growing thin by the day.
His political stress has also made him a bitter man with his recent wild public utterances and paranoia about Isaac Ruto, Gideon Moi and Joshua Kutunny clearing all doubt.
However, according to political pundits, Ruto’s recent emotional instability and antagonistic approach to issues and his opponents may cost him dearly.
“His emotional reaction in public has gone beyond his stature and mentioning names is likely to have a negative impact on his political career,” says Philip Chebunet, Head of Communications Department at the University of Eldoret.
“The current woes in the Rift Valley are slowly making Ruto change, and he is is increasingly becoming antagonistic in his public utterances,” he adds.
But why is Ruto so stressed up by the emergence of Isaac Ruto and Gideon Moi?
According to Chebunet, Ruto is losing his political grip on the populous Rift Valley region due to vicious campaigns spearheaded by Gideon Moi’s KANU.
He said KANU has already gained over 60% of the 3 million Rift Valley voting bloc which has been William Ruto’s political backbone and that’s what has seen his health deteriorate due to stress of losing the vote-rich Rift Valley to Isaac and Moi.
KANU has gained traction in South Rift, especially in Baringo, Bomet and West Pokot counties, which are largely occupied by Kipsigis people who form over 60% of the voters in Rift Valley.
Ruto’s following in North Rift, especially the Nandi, has minority voters and Isaac Ruto’s Kipsigis people outnumber them by miles.
The Kenyan DAILY POST