NAIROBI, Kenya May 14 – Deputy President William Ruto is expected to unveil his running mate later Saturday, with speculations rife that it could be Tharaka Nithi Senator Professor Kithure Kindiki.
There are also reports that it is Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua whose supporters camped at a hotel in Karatina since Saturday morning waiting for the big announcement.
“We are prepared to march to town as soon as Gachagua is unveiled, that is why we are gathered here,” a Gachagua supporter said.
Asked what they will do if he is not named ti deputise Ruto, he said, “no, that is not an option, we just expect that it is him.”
Ruto was expected to make the announcement at 3pm, according to one of his Campaign Secretariat official.
His main competitor in the August election, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, is expected to unveil his running mate on Sunday at the Kamukunji grounds during a rally ahead of the Tuesday deadline set by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Unlike Ruto who kept his cards closer to his chest, Odinga set up a team of eminent persons who interviewed 11 candidates at a Nairobi hotel before presenting three names to him to choose.
Sources say the three include Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua, former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth and Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka.