– President Uhuru Kenyatta is said to have pledged reciprocal support to his deputy come 2022.
– The March 2018 unity deal between the President and ODM leader Raila Odinga has been interpreted by the Ruto camp as a scheme to water down the agreement.
– Ruto has been at pains trying to consolidate substantive national support ahead of the big poll.
Controversial former nominated Senator Paul Njoroge has fired a bile attack against Deputy President William Ruto, telling him to delink himself from the popular political promise that President Uhuru Kenyatta allegedly gave of supporting Ruto’s Presidential bid in 2022. The ex-senator, terming the President’s promise as a ‘slip of the tongue’, stated that the pledge has already been overtaken by events.
“Hakuna deni ya Uhuru kumi na Ruto kumi, (There is nothing like 10 years for Uhuru and 10 years for Ruto) … that was a slip of the tongue from the President, and it is allowed,” said Njoroge.
Addressing a press briefing, the former legislator further urged the President to tame Ruto’s early campaigns, saying the DP has been adversely linked to high-stake corruption cases since 2016, a blemish that renders him unfit to run for the top job.
Njoroge also took issue with what he claimed is Ruto’s determination to derail the Building Bridges process, warning the latter that he should wake up from the fantasy that he has got solid support from the Kikuyu community.
“I have warned Ruto to stop lying to himself that he will get votes from the Kikuyu community and against presidential campaigns,” he said.
To add insult to injury, the vocal politician went ahead to declare ODM leader Raila Odinga as the most suitable presidential candidate and President Uhuru Kenyatta as the fittest person to occupy the executive Prime Minister’s office proposed in the Building Bridges Initiative report. Njoroge pointed out that the President needed an additional term to finish the projects that stalled due to his deputy’s distractions.
Njoroge concluded his address by appealing to President Kenyatta to institute criminal investigations against his deputy.
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