Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 campaigns have gone silent, with his vocal allies retreating as others cross the floor to join President Kenyatta’s faction of the ruling Jubilee Party.
Maybe he has reconsidered the fact that he’s flying too close to the sun and the wax in his wings is melting, his ambitions having clashed with his boss’s legacy-driven second term plans.
“Ruto’s problems started with him thinking that this was a co-presidency. His greed for power is now finishing him,” nominated MP Maina Kamanda said, summarising what he said was the popular opinion in the President’s camp.
Known to have no qualms about voicing his political intentions with regards to the 2022 general elections, DP Ruto is awfully quiet and seemingly out of rational ideas. A faction of his supporters are beginning to wonder where the man with supposed unbridled ambitions and constant opposition is. All he currently has is the “hustler against a deep state” narrative that has been many a times dismissed as heresy.
One person to do so is Kenya’s Interior Permanent Secretary Karanja Kibicho who has just dismissed Deputy President William Ruto’s claim that there exists a ‘deep state’ seeking to block his ascend to State House.
Ruto on Tuesday said he is not afraid and his 2022 presidential ambition will not be derailed by the so-called ‘deep state’ or ‘system’.
The DP, who has been relegated to the periphery after a falling out with President Uhuru Kenyatta, said he will rely on his supporters and God for victory.
In a message to his supporters who fear the ‘system’ could thwart his grand march to State House, he said he will emerge the winner.
But speaking to Spice FM on Wednesday, Kibicho said he is yet to understand what deep state is.
“There are many things that we keep hearing and wonder what they are. When people do not understand sth they create explanation through mystery.
“It is a term used by people loosely to mean probably bad things. When you are told deep state, you don’t think those are preachers and pastors. This definition is outrageous as it can get.”
Kibicho said there is no deep state adding that the government is structured in a manner that everyone can see.
“There isn’t any deep state. We have facilities that you can interrogate things that you think about,” he added.
Since independence, there has been a claim that there is a system that works behind the scenes to decide who takes up power and run government.
The claim has been that this system or deep state has been domiciled in the Office of the President and specifically the those in charge of the internal security ministry.