The main challenges are threefold – William Ruto is very ambitious, Uhuru Kenyatta is laid back and a succession plan in which Kenyatta’s coterie want Ruto out of the way.
It’s very convoluted mainly because of how the opposition starting with the African Union Infrastructure envoy Raila Odinga have taken it to mean he and Kenyatta are equal while Ruto is secondary.
He is below the pecking order. The long relationship between the Kenyattas and the Odingas is working in their favour. The handshake has destroyed the camaraderie between Ruto and Kenyatta.
It will give him room to blame Kenyatta and the failed Jubilee promises.
The 2022 General Election campaigns have formally started. The Building Bridges Initiative reports and work provide the best platform to politic, build alliances till the ballot day. It provides a good ground for a number of politicians to remain relevant.
Kenyatta will take a back seat as he will not want to be seen as an anointing or having a favourite in 2022. This will help him manage Ruto and Raila well politically.
The more the anti-Ruto gang paints him as corrupt and frustrate him in public, the more they position him as the people’s candidate. He will win public sympathy.
Ruto should continue playing the victim by complaining about Kenyatta’s actions.