Deputy President William Ruto is facing an uncertain political future after being abandoned by key allies with heavy financial muscle.

The four billionaires who had supported Deputy President William Ruto have since left his camp after internal wrangles.

David Langat, Joshua Kulei, Zedekiah Bundotich Kiprop, alias Buzeki, and Silas Simotwo had been ardent supporters of Ruto and contributed to his campaign.

However, they since accused the Deputy President of failing to honor agreements after clinching power alongside President Uhuru Kenyatta.

File image of Zedekiah Kiprop Bundotich (Buzeki) addressing a past gathering
File image of Zedekiah Kiprop Bundotich (Buzeki) addressing a past gathering

According to a past article by Nation, the main areas of contention included contracts on the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s Greenfield terminal, which was inexplicably canceled, the school laptop project and special economic zones.

The former DP Ruto allies have now started to realign themselves as the 2022 General Election approaches, with some of them signing partnership agreements with the ruling Jubilee Party.

David Langat and Buzeki have shifted allegiance to Chama Cha Mashinani whose party leader Issac Ruto is one of the DP’s rivals in the Rift Valley.

Joshua Kulei, being one of the late President Daniel Moi’s close allies has teamed up with Baringo Senator Gideon Moi.

Kanu and CCM have joined the Jubilee Coalition by signing post coalition deals with the ruling party.

Langat’s confidante who chose to speak to journalists on condition of anonymity had hinted that the two parties would eventually work together.

This was more than a month before Kanu and CCM chose to collaborate with Jubilee.

“We are working on a strategy where CCM and Kanu are going to work together before joining a larger alliance that will have a better chance of forming the next government,” the confidante told reporters.

Despite the absence of his former sponsors, the deputy president may not be worried about finances as he has now become a wealthy politician.

Deputy President William Ruto (left) speaks to former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto at a past function.
Deputy President William Ruto (left) speaks to former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto at a past function.