The Deputy President William Ruto is rolling up his sleeves in readiness to capture the country’s top seat in 2022 even without endorsement from his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta. Speaking at his Sugoi home in Uasin Gishu county on Wednesday, January 2, when he hosted delegates from Bungoma and Busia counties, Ruto said no aspirant should be endorsed for 2022 race.
In apparent reference to KANU chairperson Gideon Moi, he said some of his would-be competitors are hanging around waiting for political favours from unnamed quarter. “There are those hanging around, waiting for endorsements. How do you expect to be endorsed if you have no agenda or programme for the country?” he posed. The ruthlessly ambitious politician challenged those eyeing the top seat to show their development track records before they seek to lead Kenyans.
Despite clear indication he may not be Jubilee’s favorite, the deputy president expressed optimism that he would beat anyone at the ballot fair and square. “I am ready to battle with anybody.
Let my competitors put on the table what they have done for this country,” he went on, amid thunderous applause. The high-powered delegation of politicians and grassroots mobilisers was led by Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong, Bungoma Woman Representative Catherine Wambilianga and Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka.
It was confirmed that Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa and his Webuye West Dan Wanyama also attended the Sugoi meeting which was attended by over 100 delegates. Though the meeting comes at a time there are cracks within Jubilee party, Ruto has been hosting meetings with influential community leaders in an effort to bolster his presidential bid.
However, his critics argue the former Eldoret North MP and one time fierce Opposition lawmaker is dishing out incentives as political bait.