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Ruto ‘dumps’ Kindiki, Kenyans react

Deputy President William Ruto has settled on Rigathi Gachagua as his running mate at the expense of reported favourite Kithure Kindiki, leaving Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) with varied reactions.

A number of Kenyans who commented on the matter believed Kindiki, a refined lawyer who defended Ruto when he was faced with charges against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC) was a better option compared to Gachagua, a career civil servant.

Renowned lawyer Donald Kipkorir suggested Kindiki was left out because he did not have money to finance the Deputy President’s campaigns.

A controversial blogger also waded into the debate, claiming Kindiki had been ‘shortchanged’.

Another Twitter user opined that Kindiki will be rewarded with a plum position should Ruto win the elections.

Yet another user suggested, but without sharing proof, Ruto’s decision to settle on Gachagua was justified as he was more popular than Kindiki.

Another user cheekily claimed Kindiki had been left out because he was a professional and less corrupt.

Another one stressed the fact that Gachagua was more popular than Kindiki.

Another user felt that Ruto’s popularity was known long ago and even though he picked an actress or actor that did not water him down.

Ruto’s move to name his running mate, according to Gachagua, was a culmination of months of consideration and consultations among various stakeholders, including grassroots leaders and politicians.

Interestingly, Kindiki skipped the event to crown Gachagua and promised to issue an extensive statement on Monday.