Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana seems to have joined Deputy President William Ruto’s Tanga-tanga brigade officially after he accompanied the DP to a Sunday church service at Machakos county.
This is the second time the soft-spoken is seen together with Ruto in public, just a week after he paid a courtesy visit to Ruto’s Karen office in the company of his Turkana counterpart Josphat Nanok.
Taking to his twitter page after the service, Ruto, who was at AIC Bomani in Machakos county, revealed he had been accompanied among other leaders, Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana to the service.
He was also joined by MPs including Victor Munyaka of Machakos, Musyoka of Mwala, Mbai of Kitui East as well as Aisha Jumwa of Malindi.
“Joined worshippers for a church service at A.I.C Bomani, Machakos, accompanied by Makueni @governorkibwana, MPs Victor Munyaka (Machakos), Vincent Musyoka (Mwala), Nimrod Mbai (Kitui East), @HonJumwa (Malindi), @KIMANIICHUNGWAH (Kikuyu), George Theuri (Embakasi W.) & @nixon_korir” said Ruto.
Joined worshippers for a church service at A.I.C Bomani, Machakos, accompanied by Makueni @governorkibwana, MPs Victor Munyaka (Machakos), Vincent Musyoka (Mwala), Nimrod Mbai (Kitui East), @HonJumwa (Malindi), @KIMANIICHUNGWAH (Kikuyu), George Theuri (Embakasi W.) & @nixon_korir pic.twitter.com/8asLAt0FIy
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) October 11, 2020
It was, however, Kibwana’s presence that sent tongues wagging with many questioning on whether 2022 declared presidential candidate had given up on his ambitions to join Ruto’s brigade.
Many suspected the governor to be safely playing some political cards behind the scenes ahead of his official declaration.
Despite not publicly disclosing his possible political ties with Ruto, his latest actions are speaking volumes. Last month the governor was also in Ruto’s company for a church service at AIC Ziwani in Nairobi and this didn’t elicit many questions.
The governor has also been on records telling off William Ruto’s critics over his wheelbarrow donations. Kibwana has termed Ruto’s donations as a good bond with the Kenyan youths and not necessarily mere politics.
“I don’t think Ruto’s main agenda is to dish out wheelbarrows etc. He is trying to bond with youth. Do you see the Wheel Barrow game? Politics of Symbolism” tweeted Kibwana recently.
Kibwana, Ruto’s possible brewing political dalliance comes at a time when the former Machakos senator, Johnson Muthama, has also declared his full support for Ruto and has over the past few days, been touring the region drumming support for Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.
Muthama’s support seems to have garnered some tractions after the former senator succeeded in wooing a number of Ukambani MCAs and MPs to William Ruto’s side.
Kibwana’s declaration that he will vie for the top seat has already caused some jitters in Ukambani, with two other candidates from the region publicly declaring their interests to succeed Uhuru.
It is only a matter of time before Kibwana comes out to fully declare his support for the self-proclaimed hustler, a move that is likely to change the country’s political wave as 2022 fast approaches.
Statesmen; H.E. Deputy President @WilliamsRuto , Governor @governorkibwana & I, held candid & cordial discussions on issues of national importance among them the youth empowerment agenda & deepening devolution. pic.twitter.com/iqTUUVEcr8
— Josphat Koli Nanok (@GovernorNanok) October 1, 2020