Former minister Kipruto Kirwa could just be having a fine moment with his gods. The Weekly Citizen can authoritatively report that William Ruto has earmarked the former lawmaker to reclaim the Cherangany parliamentary seat that he lost to incumbent Joshua Kuttuny in 2007.
This comes in the wake of Kutuny’s no-holds-barred onslaught on the DP, now under a vicious attackaand Raila Odinga.
Sources familiar with the Ruto-Kirwa plot against Kutuny say it is partly hinged on the former Agriculture minister’s plummeting financial fortunes that have seen the deep-pocketed DP come to his rescue, with weekly handouts, particularly on weekends.
Having twice failed to navigate the increasingly murky political waters when he failed to clinch the senatorial seat in 2012 and 2017, Kirwa, now Musalia Mudavadi’s ANC deputy party leader, is hoping that Kutuny’s falling out of favour with the DP can only work well to revamp his political fortunes. Kirwa has silently of late divorced ANC.
The former MP has already hit the ground running, covertly doing the DP’s bidding as he strategically fashions his own standing ahead of 2002 with Ruto’s full blessings.
Having been in the political wilderness since 2007, Kirwa found the going tough financially, seeing him sell part of his land in Moiben in Uasin Gishu county. He bought the land from former Eldoret North MP, the late Reuben Chesire.
Close associates reveal that it was during his United Democratic Movement heyday in the post-YK’92 era that the lobby group leader Cyrus Jirongo bought him. It was during his tenure as Agriculture minister that Kirwa bought prime land.
The affable politician has never recovered to date, twice making unsuccessful stabs at the Trans Nzoia senatorial position against Henry Ole Ndiema and Michael Mbito in 2013 and 2017 respectively.
Kuttuny’s fallout with Ruto can be traced to 2013 after his unsuccessful bid to defend his seat, where he fell to little-known Wesley Korir. Hitherto, an avid supporter of the DP, the vocal legislator’s blushes would later be saved by Uhuru who appointed him political adviser in the Office of the President.
Incidentally, Kuttuny is credited with crafting behind-the-scenes machinations that gave birth to the Uhuru-Ruto coalition that went ahead to clinch power.
Kutuny has been an outspoken critic of the DP on matters ranging from the plight of maize farmers to the politics surrounding the handshake, effectively handing Ruto the weapon to “teach the MP a lesson” come 2022.