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Political Break-Ups That Caught Kenyans By Surprise

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  • Many politicians have cultivated relationships with each other that has helped strengthen their influence by feeding off each others prowess.

    Politicians team up amongst themselves and also form pacts with financiers and close aides who help achieve a common dream. 

    However, politics is a dirty games and these alliances which are founded on personal interests often turn ugly

    From left: Deputy President William Ruto, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga at the Bomas of Kenya on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, during the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative
    From left: Deputy President William Ruto, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga at the Bomas of Kenya on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, during the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative
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    Ruto – Uhuru

    The biggest unexpected break up that caught Kenyans unawares is between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto. 

    Ruto has never hidden his distrust for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), an outcome of the March 2018 peace pact between the president and Odinga. 

    The DP’s camp fears that being sidelined from the government signals Kenyatta’s plan to go back on his promise to help Ruto ascend to power at the end of his term. 

    Raila – Miguna 
    ODM leader’s former political strategist Miguna Miguna fallout with Odinga was dramatic and signalled deep underlying differences.

    The relationship’s first hurdle was when the lawyer published a book alleging that the opposition leader’s close friends were engaged in corruption. He was pushed to the periphery but after the 2017 General Elections, the two appeared to have buried the hatchet.

    The passion with which he pursued and executed the extra-legal swearing in of Raila as the ‘people’s president’ on January 30, 2018 brought them closer but that was the genesis of Miguna’s troubles. 

    Since Miguna was ejected from the country, questions have been raised about why Raila has done little to help him return, despite his close relationship with President Kenyatta. 

    Ruto  – Cate Waruguru
    Laikipia Woman Rep Cate Waruguru ditched the DP’s camp in June 2020 in a rather dramatic fashion. 

    For many months, she had criticised President Kenyatta’s handshake with Odinga.

    Waruguru said she was disappointed after Deputy President William Ruto broke his promises four times and had now opted to make a deal with Uhuru and Raila.

    She told the deputy president that she was tired of engaging in politics and now wanted to focus on delivering Jubilee’s manifesto in Laikipia through President Kenyatta.

    “He promised Mary Immaculate School money and a bus, he promised Rumuruti Catholic School a bus but never delivered any of those promises.

    “He promised that the Nanyuki-Rumuruti Road would be upgraded but that hasn’t happened. The biggest question my people are asking is why these harambees aren’t bringing development,” she spilled.

    Uhuru – Wanjigi

    A raid at the home of billionaire Jimmy Wanjigi in 2018 was the straw that broke the camel’s back for the businessman. 

    The business mogul rebuked the police action against him and his family saying that he was an innocent man being falsely accused.

    ODM leader Raila Odinga (left) and businessman Jimi Wanjigi leave the court.
    ODM leader Raila Odinga (left) and businessman Jimi Wanjigi leave a courtroom after a past hearing
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    He then spilled the beans on how he had helped form the Jubilee government yet the same administration was maliciously targeting him. 

    “This is a home that this current regime of Uhuru Kenyatta knows. It is a home they have visited; it is a home they have eaten many many times. In fact, their government was formed in this home,” he revealed at the time. 

    His close relationship with Odinga was considered the source of his troubles with the government.

    Raila – Aisha Jumwa

    Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa baffled both friends and foes when she ditched Odinga in favour of DP Ruto in 2018.

    Her shift in allegiance was surprising as it was not triggered by any known reason. 

    In her first public pro-Ruto pronouncement, she only accused the ODM Party of betrayal. 

    “They told us we are going to Canaan and we followed. Later they said that the Jordan was crocodile infested yet it is a sacred river. I am really praying to God for Ruto come 2022,” she stated at the time, attracting backlash from her party. 

    She was dewhiped from committees in the National Assembly after efforts to kick her out of ODM were held up in a court case.

    Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa speaking durnig an event in 2018.
    Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa speaking during an event in 2018.
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