A meeting between Deputy President William Ruto and Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana has caused speculation of a possible collaboration.

The Thursday, October 1 meeting was also attended by Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok would have passed as a normal discussion between leaders but the circumstances raise eyebrows.null

The meeting held at an undisclosed location in Nairobi involved two leaders who have declared their ambitions to run for president.

Deputy President William Ruto with Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana and Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok
Deputy President William Ruto with Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana and Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok. PHOTO: COURTESY

Kivutha has also recently appeared to be defending DP Ruto who has come under fire over donation of wheelbarrows and pushing carts to young people.

“I don’t think Ruto’s main agenda is to dish out wheelbarrows. He is trying to bond with the youth. You see the wheelbarrow game? Politics of Symbolism,” the governor tweeted on September 30. 

Replying to a user who asked whether he had joined the DP’s hustlers movement, Kivutha fuelled speculation with his cryptic answer. null

Imagine it is hustlers who are joining our Wanjiku presidential safari.  And then  remember I said I will talk to all leaders who want a national conversation about a peaceful Kenya towards and beyond 2022,” Kivutha tweeted. 

Political analyst Martin Andati was cautious of suggesting that the two would form an alliance just yet, arguing that the election was still a bit far.

Politicians are caucusing and trying to see what could work for them. You remember when Mudavadi met Peter Kenneth and Martha Karua and it became a big deal,” he stated.

He added that the Building Bridges Initiative would largely impact political formations towards the General Elections. 

If we go to the election with an expanded executive, the alliances will have more leaders,” Andati added.

Mark Bichache explained that the BBI would offer benefits which Ruto would find hard to resist. 

The expanded executive will give him more chips to negotiate with other leaders. If he wants to seek a politician’s support, he will have to offer something in return,” he explained.