My 2022 ambitions should not detract from 2017 race: Ruto

November 6, 2016 4:05 pm
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The DP spoke during a service at the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, Zimmerman Parish/DPPS
The DP spoke during a service at the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, Zimmerman Parish/DPPS

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 6 — Deputy President William Ruto on Sunday said that no one owes him a “debt” for teaming up with President Uhuru Kenyatta to form the Jubilee Government.

He told Jubilee supporters to concentrate on the 2017 General Election and ensure the Jubilee Party wins more than 70 per cent of the votes.

The Deputy President said his chance of becoming President in 2022 is a matter that should not distract Jubilee supporters from the objective of winning the coming elections with a landslide.

He said 2022 will “sort itself out” when the time comes.

“The important thing for us is to win the 2017 election,” said the DP, adding that all Kenyans owe each other the responsibility to foster unity and friendship.

“It is not you who owes me a debt. It is all of us Kenyans who owe each other the debt of friendship, unity and brotherhood,” said the Deputy President when he spoke at a church function in Nairobi’s Zimmerman Estate.

He was responding after many Members of Parliament who spoke at the function said that the Central Kenya region will vote for him in 2022 as payback for his decision to team up with President Kenyatta in the 2013 elections.

“Let’s concentrate on winning the 2017 elections: leave 2022 God will decide.”

The Deputy President said he was certain the Jubilee Party will win the coming elections with a landslide and called on aspirants for various positions not to antagonise each other.

“What we want is a united and prosperous Kenya,” he said.

The DP also added that the Jubilee Government and its supporters are proud of the development the current administration has achieved in the last three years.

“The work we have done as Jubilee is work we are proud of and we are focused on delivering on the agreement we have with Kenyans based on the Jubilee manifesto,” said the Deputy President.

He assured all aspirants that the nomination process for the party will be free and that the party will engage the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to conduct a fair exercise.

Some of the MPs who spoke at the event and promised support for the Deputy President in 2022 included Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu), Esther Gathogo (Ruiru), John Njoroge (Kasarani), Mathenge Ndiritu (Gilgil), Mburu Kahangara (Lari), Eng John Kiragu (Limuru), Rachel Shebesh (Nairobi Women Rep), Maina Kamanda (Starehe), Dennis Waweru (Dagoreti) and Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko among others.

The MPs said they will vigorously campaign for Jubilee to win the presidency and more other seats.

“We are behind you. It is not just the politics, we believe in you,” said Eng Kiragu.

The MP for Gilgil said when the Deputy President runs for the Presidency in 2022, he is assured of overwhelming support.

The MP for Lari asked the DP and the President to ignore those engaging in propaganda and focus on delivering their promise to Kenyans.

“We like the commitment you have for this nation. No one should tell you anything different” said the Kasarani MP.

The DP and the leaders spoke during a service at the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, Zimmerman Parish where the Secretary General of PCEA Peter Kania cautioned the opposition against engaging in protests that will hurt the country.

The DP later presided over a fundraising for the Church.

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