As the race for the 2027 presidential election heats up in Kenya, the Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua camp is facing internal conflicts that could cost them the top seat.
The recent attack on former head of state by Gachagua, has been termed as a risk move with political pundits believing that Gachagua has been digging his political downfall .
Gachagua has repeatedly accused Uhuru of financing Raila Odinga’s demonstrations, which have been taking place in various parts of the country. Such accusations have not only caused tension between the two leaders but also raised eyebrows among their supporters.
Recently, Gachagua was among a group of MPs including Ndindi Nyoro, Kimani Ichungwa, and Moses Kuria, who were accused of plotting to destroy properties belonging to President Uhuru Kenyatta. Such an act is not only illegal but also immoral, and it has not gone down well with the public, especially those who support the Jubilee Party.
Furthermore, political analysts believe that President Ruto is grooming ANC Party leader Musalia Mudavadi as his suitable running mate in the 2027 presidential election.
Ruto’s move is seen as an attempt to gain support from the Western region, which is perceived as a swing vote in Kenyan politics.
The Mount Kenya region is also an important voting bloc that Ruto cannot afford to lose. Reports indicate that Ruto and Gachagua are fighting over the ownership of the Mount Kenya parliamentary seat.
Such internal wrangles are not only unnecessary but also harmful to the party’s reputation and unity.
In conclusion, Gachagua’s behavior is a clear indication that he is digging his political downfall. As the 2027 presidential race approaches, Ruto should distance himself from Gachagua’s divisive actions and focus on building a cohesive team that can deliver victory for the UDA party .