Two weeks ago, Deputy President William Ruto had appeared cornered and his allies feared the stage had been set to isolate him in the push for the BBI report.
ODM leader Raila Odinga, with some troops of President Uhuru Kenyatta aided by Cabinet secretaries, had organised two successful rallies in Kisii and Kakamega counties to drum up support for the Building Bridges Initiative report.
After watching what transpired at the Kakamega rally and noting the head of state’s hardline position that BBI was unstoppable, the DP — who had called the BBI rallies a waste of public resources — summoned his think tanks.
His advisers, including Constitutional experts, political analysts and top politicians from around the country, are understood to have said it was prudent that Ruto’s camp join the pro-Uhuru and Raila camp rallies.
The thinking was that anti-Ruto forces were using the rallies to portray the DP as against the bid by President Kenyatta to unite Kenyans.
The surprise entry of Ruto and his lieutenants — initially seen as rebels of the handshake initiative — could now force Uhuru and the former Prime Minister back to the drawing board.