OPINION: Ruto must “bow” before Kenyatta and Odinga’s to be president

President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulates Deputy president William Ruto during his graduation ceremony./file

Deputy president William Ruto’s chances of succeeding president Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022 are very slim.

The only sure bet he needs to fulfill his ambition is to seek the support of the two prominent families in the country-Jommo Kenyatta’s and Jaramogi Oginga.

That is according to Mombasa based political analyst Joshua Kiminza.

Kiminza who was speaking on Mega breakfast show on Baraka Fm, says the two families- Kenyatta and Odinga- have had a huge say in Kenya’s politics since pre-independence and even after.

He opines that whoever the two families will back, will have a head start in 2022.

” Kibaki became president in 2022 after backing from Raila. He was an Odinga candidate. ‘, he stated.

Uhuru became president in 2013 and 2017 following a bitter political rivalry with Odinga with the latter disputing the results.

According to Kimanzi, Ruto cannot whether the storm if at all Uhuru and Odinga openly gang up against him prior to 2022 elections.

” You see in every election since independence there is a Kenyatta or a Odinga factor and it will remain so for many years to come. So if Ruto ignores the two families, he will not succeed.”, said Kimanzi.

” The Dp will feel the heat when real campaigns start if at all Uhuru and Odinga backs someone else.

It will be too much for him considering the two have near fanatical following in their backyards and several parts of the country’, he stated.

However, If Ruto succeeds in getting support from either of the two, he will be the man to beat in the 2022 race, he added.