Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua, fondly and sometimes playfully referred to some in his home County as “Kavaluku” (cunning hare), according to grapevine is the Man to have Deputy President William Ruto’s back in 2022 in his quest to become the 5th President of the Republic of Kenya, via the Jubilee party ticket.
The Maendeleo Chap Chap Party leader, who is currently embroiled in a legal battle to save his gubernatorial seat from a bitter petition by his rival Miss Wanyinya Ndeti of the “Yaliyo ndwele sipite” fame has been an interested party in the Jubilee party having endorsed the Uhuruto re-election in 2017 bitterly contested elections through his MCC party.
If the grapevine is to be believe, Governor Mutua will certainly face a fierce battle from the other names being mentioned for the same position including Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju, Senate Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki, Veteran politician and UNCTAD Secretary-General Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, Devolution Cabinet Secretary Festus Mwangi Kiunjuri and Kikuyu MP, Kimani Ichungwa.
Also NASA Co-Principals names Wycliffe Musalia Mudavadi and Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka have randomly been making appearances in the fast lengthening list, especially with the latter being rumoured on the verge of breaking all his ties with NASA movement upon his arrival from Germany, whether Jubilee as a party and Mr Ruto himself will chose to trust them remains to be seen.
Despite the fact that the Country is still in need of finding a lasting solution to the rampant tribal hatred and other political vices ailing the country, both from the Government and the Opposition leaders alike, the need to seek tribal voting blocks to ease the process of winning an election is one thing politicians will not let go of anytime soon especially when the running mate seems to carry the same weight as the actual candidate if last elections is anything to go by. With Dr Alfred Mutua commanding quite significant respect among the residents of Central Kenya, on top of a significant number of votes in his own backyard that may swing in his favour as the preferred option.
Ruto – Mutua would certainly be an interesting one and its chances of actually carrying the day can not be ignored especially in an election where some of the perennial political powerhouses are expected not to be in contention and with most of the children born in late 1990’s and early 2000’s who know nothing about tribalism being eligible to vote, but it will surely be a crunching battle for him to secure the ticket if he is interested being said in the grapevine.