Rift Valley leaders accuse Uhuru of frustrating Ruto’s 2022 bid

FILE PHOTO | President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto after delivering a statement to ...
FILE PHOTO | President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto after delivering a statement to the Press at State House in Nairobi on September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Deputy President William Ruto’s allies are now turning the heat on President Uhuru Kenyatta accusing him of plotting to scuttle Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid through the war on graft.

Speaking in Uasin Gishu County, Ruto’s allies including Governor Jackson Mandago and Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi insisted that politics must be separated from the war on graft.

The leaders aimed their guns at President Kenyatta, accusing him of using the March 9 handshake and the war on graft to frustrate Ruto’s presidential bid.

“When William Ruto was supporting Raila Odinga, he was not a a thief, when he supported Uhuru Kenyatta he was not a thief, but now that he wants to become president they are calling him a thief… We shall deal with you,” said Sudi.


The leaders claimed that the referendum calls were meant to extend President Kenyatta’ s tenure and deny Ruto the top seat.

“If you don’t want to retire Mr. President, tell us… Stop going round with the handshake. Kenyans are not stupid. As leaders from Rift Valley we are tired,” added Sudi.

Ruto’s chorus that the war against graft had been politicised would gain more singers, with the leaders claiming that the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti was being used to target innocent people and settle political scores.

“It will be much better if the DCI will deal with facts instead of relying on rumors and propaganda for cases that at the end collapse in court,” said Governor Mandago.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga also came under fire with the leaders claiming he was allegedly abusing the terms of the handshake and seeking to rock the jubilee household from within.

“We support the war against corruption, but we will not accept targeting of certain individuals,” said Nandi Senator Kiprotich Cherargei.

Political temperatures are expected to rise further in the coming weeks even as the war against graft intensifies.

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