NYERI, Kenya, Nov 11 – More than 20 Members of Parliament have dismissed reports of fresh International Criminal Court (ICC) investigations, alleging opponents of Deputy President William Ruto were behind it.
The leaders said underhand tactics would not stop Ruto from becoming Kenya’s next President.
They said the ongoing ICC report claims was informed by selfish leaders who would not want to see Kenya move forward in terms of development.
“These so-said ICC reports are not coming from heaven but from within; those propagating it are the enemies of the people. But no evil scheme will stop an idea whose time has come,” said Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa.
He said nothing would severe the tie between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ruto, whose leadership had seen a change in the face of Kenya.
“You were taken in The Netherlands with the President, you emerged victorious. You will still emerge a winner in this episodic witch-hunt, and eventually be our President,” said Tetu MP James Gichuhi.
They spoke on Sunday in the presence of the Deputy President during a church service at the Presbyterian Church of East Africa Gaaki in Tetu Constituency.
Leaders present included Governors Mutahi Kahiga (Nyeri), Okoth Obado (Migori), MPs Anthony Kiai (Mukurweini), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Rahab Mukami (Woman Rep, Nyeri), Gichuki Mugambi (Othaya), Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu) and Sylvanus Osoro (South Mugirango).
Others were Michael Muchira (Ol Joro Orok), Richard Tongi (Nyaribari Chache), Kanini Kega (Kieni), Jayne Kihara (Naivasha), Patrick Mariru (Laikipia West), Samuel Gachobe (Subukia), Githua Wamacukuru (Kabete) and Wangui wa Ngirici (Woman Rep, Kirinyaga).
Ngunjiri Wambugu of Nyeri Town constituency was also present.
Nyeri Governor said the development the country was seeing today was a product of the tie between the president and his deputy, and as such, “no one would accept any cat-and-mouse games” that would divert the two leaders’ attention from furthering their development plans for Kenya.
“The Kenyatta-Ruto union is what Kenya yearned for. They have changed our way of politics to a development-oriented one. That is the kind of leadership that would make future generations benefit,” noted Obado.
Nyoro said whatever the misinformation that was being peddled around, Kenyans had already made up their minds on who would be succeeding President Kenyatta in 2022.
While observing that countries cannot be built on a propaganda foundation, Osoro said that the 2022 presidential race “is a done deal”.
“In Kisii, we have made a firm decision. It is development and more development. We are beyond the empty story-telling schemes from leaders. I urge Mt Kenya to remain steadfast in backing Ruto in 2022 so that we can change the face of Kenya now and in the future,” said Osoro.
He added that Ruto’s development record should inform voters’ decision in the coming general elections.
Earlier, the Deputy President participated in the Dr Gakuru Wahome Memorial Half Marathon where he successfully completed the 10-kilometre race.
While lauding the winners, Ruto called on the county leadership of Nyeri to continue implementing the late Dr Wahome’s development blueprint.
“The late Governor had a vision of making Nyeri an economic powerhouse. Inevitably, it is imperative that the current administration deepens that dream,” said Ruto.
The race attracted more than 5,000 participants. In the men’s half marathon, Titus Ekiru from Nandi County emerged the winner. He was followed by Titus Kipruto from Elgeyo Marakwet and Josphat Kiprotich from Nandi in that order.
The women’s half marathon was won by Lydiah Njeri from Nyandarua. Maryanne Wangari from Nakuru was second while Carolyne Cheptonui from Kericho emerged third.