NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 4 – A section of Central Kenya leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto have told the DP’s opponents in the 2022 succession race that they are in for a brutal fight.
The leaders who spoke in Murang’a County on Wednesday in the company of DP Ruto during a public rally took the opportunity to remind their competitors that DP Ruto was the best suited candidate to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta when he exits the stage in 2022.
DP Ruto who has increasingly been under attack by his opponents over the last few days fired the first salvo and castigated his critics for dwelling too much on side shows and what he described as petty politics.
Ruto who was reacting to the ‘stop Ruto movement’ said he will not be cowed by their consistent attacks and reminded them that it’s the electorate who would have a final say on who will take the mantle from President Kenyatta.
“We are busy taking development to different parts of the country and there are people who are busy forming useless formations to block me from ascending to power. I want to remind them that it’s God who decides who becomes a leader,” he said.
He accused his attackers of trying to seek political mileage by concentrating on politics of division by constantly dragging his name whenever they get the opportunity.
“As Jubilee we don’t have time to listen to such individuals who are moving around peddling lies. We were elected by the people of Kenya and we will be judged by a higher standard because we are the government and we are the ones who will be asked questions by Kenyans on what development we did,” he said.
DP Ruto also slammed the media for dragging his name through continuous publishing of stories that he described as “fake news”.
While responding to media reports that speculated on reasons for his ‘no-show’ during Tuesday’s countrywide National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) launch where he was to flag off the exercise in Kakamega, Ruto laughed off the speculation and reminded the media outlets that he is the Deputy President.
He joked that some of the media outlets were out to make profit by dragging his name in splashy headlines.
“I have been told that whenever my name is used on headlines people make money. But I want to request them now that it seems we are working together in making money, the next time dividends are paid let them not forget me,” he said.
Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria lauded DP Ruto for embracing the politics of development.
He said that the region will only rally behind leaders whose focus is on building roads, supporting education, empowering farmers to better their produces, modernizing healthcare, among others.
“If you want politics in this region, therefore, come with the above items. Otherwise, you are not welcomed here,” he said.
Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua said Kenyans had graduated from the archaic politics of ethnicity, division and hatred and “are accommodating those who are after making their lives better”.
“Central Kenya and the country at large, will not tolerate such behaviour. If they are to tour different parts of the country, let them bring development to the people,” he explained.
Mary Waithira (Maragua), said the narrative being pushed by the Opposition of division in Jubilee would neither break the party nor make Kenyans fall into the trap.
“We are in Jubilee because President Uhuru and Dr Ruto are an item. It is this unity that is changing the face of Kenya,” she said.
She urged Kenyans to rally behind the President and his deputy as they seek to implement the Big Four agenda.