Spin doctors have been hard at work trying, twisting the events of recent days to show that Deputy President William Ruto is losing ground.
The same people are trying to cover up big setbacks suffered by the DP’s detractors.
Take for example Zedekiah Bundotich Kiprop (Buzeki) whose recent pronouncements suggest that in the world of politics he has lost his bearings.
But one newspaper is giving a very positive spin to Buzeki’s hardly intelligible mutterings as he tries to fine his bearings. ‘Blow for Ruto as Buzeki jumps ship,’ screams the headline to the report.
The reality is that Buzeki went into politics in 2013 with plenty of experience in business but none in politics.
That he performed credibly at all was largely seen to be through the efforts of DP Ruto. He didn’t lose ‘narrowly’ as the newspaper reports. Jackson Mandago taught him important lessons in politics, even enlisting the opposition NASA coalition to endorse him.
Beyond the support of sections of Jubilee, Buzeki didn’t do much out of his own initiative.
And as 2022 looms, those who have a say in the politics of Uasin Gishu are seen to be leaning towards Ambassador Jukius Bitok.
Prof Bitok is seen to be in the good books of current governor Jackson Mandago for not contesting against him in 2017, in what would have been a rematch of 2013, when Mandago emerged victorious.
In response to realities on the ground, Buzeki has drifted away, with nothing, just like he came with nothing.
The same newspaper gives a ridiculously positive spin to the fruitless begging for loans by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
The front page story of the national edition declares ‘China’s loss is America’s Sweet gain’.
But the story really isn’t about China losing anything. It is about the President desperately hunting for loans elsewhere, jumping off the plane from China and hopping into another one for USA, with his empty begging bowl.
The story is accompanied with a file photo of Uhuru laughing heartily. It is not possible that he can be wearing a smile at the moment after a torrid two weeks.