Let Ruto run for presidency, MPs tell Moi


Deputy President William Ruto and other leaders at the burial of Grace Kipchoim, who was ...
Deputy President William Ruto and other leaders at the burial of Grace Kipchoim, who was the MP for Baringo South. Photo/DPPS

In Summary

  • Lawmakers from different regions have stated that they will support William Ruto to run for President in 2022.
  • The MPs also said the claim that President Uhuru Kenyatta “is too young to retire in 2022” is baseless.
  • Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa noted that the President respects his deputy, the Constitution and Kenyans in general.

By DPPS

Lawmakers from different regions have stated that they will support William Ruto to run for President in 2022.

The MPs also said the claim that President Uhuru Kenyatta “is too young to retire in 2022” is baseless.

Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa noted that the President respects his deputy, the Constitution and Kenyans in general.

“Mr Ruto will be Jubilee’s presidential candidate in 2022,” he said on Saturday.

“Do not to listen to the propaganda that was started by the Central Organisation of Trade Union (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli,” Mr Ichungwa added.

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria also expressed similar sentiments saying the era of hereditary politics in Kenya is long gone.

According to him, the Deputy President is going through ‘challenges’ in preparation for his elevation to the top political seat.

“Nothing will stop God’s plan; this is hustlers’ time,” Mr Kuria said.

On her part, Murang’a Woman Rep Sabina Chege said Mr. Ruto deserves to be Kenya’s next president.

“We have worked with you, and we have seen that you can move this country to the next level,” she said.

Ruto’s Meeting with Moi

Other leaders called on Baringo Senator Gideon Moi to support his “brother” for the presidency.

“Let the Deputy President go ahead and clear the path for us,” Kuresoi North MP Moses Cheboi said.

Samburu Women Representative Maison Leshomo called on the Baringo Senator to allow other leaders to meet his father, retired Head of State Daniel arap Moi.

Mzee Moi was our President for 24 years. He is not anyone’s property to be held hostage. As leaders, we need his wisdom on leadership,” the KANU legislator said.

His statement was in response to an incident on Thursday where Mr. Ruto failed to meet the former President in Kabarak despite being kept waiting for several hours.

Leaders who echoed similar sentiments include Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet Senator), Irungu Kang’ata (Murang’a Senator), Naomi Shaaban (Taita Taveta MP) and Rachel Shebesh (Chief Administrative Secretary).

The mood in the country is for development-oriented politics and the latest wave of handshakes set pace for a united nation, Bomet County Governor Joyce Laboso added.

They were speaking during the burial of the late Grace Jelagat Kipchoim who was the Member of Parliament for Baringo South. She died on April 20 after a long battle with colon cancer.

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