Another Key Ruto Weapon Against Uhuru, Raila Finally Revealed
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Former Machakos Senator Johnston Muthama ( Photo Courtesy).
A titanic political battle is looming in Ukambani region following the shock decision by former Machakos Senator Johnston Muthama to dump Kalonzo Musyoka-led Wiper Party for Deputy President William Ruto.
Muthama who has long been a key Kalonzo ally and financier, was due to face disciplinary action from Wiper Party before he made a decision to jump the ship.
The former Senator's move should not just be taken lightly. There is no doubt that his decision will have far-reaching political implications in the region and beyond.
Even President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga will feel the impact of Muthama's political maneuvers. And of course, Kalonzo will be the biggest casuality.
In the run to the 2013 general election, Muthama played a key role in the Raila-Kalonzo political marriage. He would later go on to become the CORD coalition's main man in Ukambani region.
Raila and Kalonzo swept the Lower Eastern region clean. They repeated the same feet in 2013, courtesy of the former Kangundo MP.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. President Uhuru Kenyatta ( Photo Courtesy)
And now with Muthama gone, what are Raila's chances of making inroads in the region? If he is to make another stab at the Presidency come the next general election, he would have lost at least a good number of voters in Ukambani.
Then there is President Uhuru Kenyatta. After inking a political deal with Kalonzo a fortnight ago, the former Vice President's turf is set to experience some turbulence following the Muthama move.
When he inked the deal with the Wiper leader, Uhuru might have hoped that the Ukambani region would vote as a block come general election. But for now, that remains very unlikely.
Whatever happens next, Uhuru, Raila and Kalonzo will have to fight turf battle in their bid to stamp their authority in the Lower Eastern voting block. If they don't play smart, then Muthama and Dr Ruto will spoil the party for them.