Former Kiambu Governor and ardent Deputy President William Ruto’s critic William Kabogo, Wednesday pulled a surprise move, by jumping to the defense of Ruto, amid claims that he intends to field sacked Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri as his 2022 running mate.
The issue of Kiunjuri’s prominence in Ruto’s team emerged following his ouster from Cabinet on Tuesday, with the decision by President Uhuru Kenyatta being interpreted as a revenge move against Ruto’s Tangatanga faction, for incessant mockery against his surprise friendship with his former rival ODM leader Raila Odinga.
Kiunjuri is viewed as one of Ruto’s most treasured allies, with a significant level of influence in Central Kenya, where the DP has pegged his hopes for 2022 victory.
According to Kabogo, however, the deputy head of state can never pick Kiunjuri, who continually demonstrated questionable judgement during his Agriculture Ministry tenure, as his anchor to the Mt.Kenya electorate.
The ousted CS was the subject of heavy social media criticism over his ignorant response to the issue of desert locusts invading the country.
Kiunjuri had asked Kenyans to share images of the insects online for verification, a remark that citizens, worried about their food security, did not take kindly.
According to Kabogo, Kiunjuri has clearly ”demonstrated great lack of intelligence.”
”Dr. WSR (William Samoei Ruto) is not that Dumb,” he wrote in a Twitter rant.
The ex-governor was reacting to a Daily Nation headline that dominated Twitter conversations on Wednesday stating ”Did Uhuru Sack Ruto’s Running Mate?”