Deputy President William Ruto’s recent tour of Nakuru County has revealed cracks in Jubilee Party among leaders in the cosmopolitan devolved unit.
Most political leaders in the ruling party in the county have thrown their weight behind Dr Ruto’s 2022 State house bid.
During the DP’s tour of Nakuru on Saturday where he presided over two funds drives at African Independent Pentecostal Church (AIPCA) in Nakuru Town East and at Kabazi trading centre in Subukia constituency, a section of leaders led by Senator Susan Kihika reiterated their support for Dr Ruto.
Ms Kihika is the co-chairperson of the women’s league, Inua Mama team, which supports the DP.
Nakuru County Assembly Speaker Joel Maina Kairu and majority of the MCAs in the Jubilee-dominated House support Dr Ruto and have vowed to back Thirdway Alliance party leader Ekuru Aukot’s “Punguza Mizigo” Bill.
During the tour, the leaders said Dr Ruto was the best bet to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022. However, Governor Kinyanjui tactfully kept off the debate and instead concentrated on development matters.
“I want to assure you that when time comes in 2022 Nakuru, leaders will stand with you,” Ms Kihika told Dr Ruto at AIPCA church.
Mr Kinyanjui thanked the DP for steering the national unity and urged him to support the elevation of Nakuru town to city status.
“Please stand with us when the Nakuru city status report is tabled before the Cabinet,” said Mr Kinyanjui.
The DP has visited Nakuru more than four times this year and each time he is in town, Governor Kinyanjui has steered away from the 2022 debate.