Friday September 6, 2019 - Former Bomet Governor, Isaac Ruto, has explained the reason why Deputy President William Ruto has been silent over the ongoing Mau Forest eviction.

In an interview with a local daily on Thursday, Ruto said the DP has kept off the issue, which has highly raised political temperatures in the Rift Valley region, because he was aware it could dent his 2022 presidential ambitions.

The former County boss, who is also the chairman of Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM), said the DP doesn’t want to be seen like he is offending the Maasai community by opposing the evictions, and at the same, he would not openly support the flushing out of his Kalenjin people from the water catchment.

“The DP, for instance, wants to be President in 2022 and he must continue smiling slyly at the Maasai because he needs their vote,” said the former Governor.

"This means he is in a dilemma of favouring the Maasai community at the expense of members of his Kalenjin tribe, who he is likely to consider as captive voters - who have no choice but side with him at the ballot,” he added.


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