Opposition leaders endorse DP Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid


DP WILLIAM RUTO
File image of Deputy President William Ruto. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • A section of opposition leaders from the Coast region on Sunday declared that they would support Deputy President William Ruto's presidential bid in the 2022 General Election.
  • The leaders, who were speaking during a service at St Barnabas Anglican Church in Voi, Taita Taveta County, said they would work to ensure Ruto clinches the country's top seat.
  • On his part, DP Ruto, who concluded his three-day tour of the Coast region, assured that the government will carry out development in all parts of the country regardless of their political alignment.

A section of opposition leaders from the Coast region on Sunday declared that they would support Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential bid in the 2022 General Election.

The leaders, who were speaking during a service at St Barnabas Anglican Church in Voi, Taita Taveta County, said they would work to ensure Ruto clinches the country’s top seat.

They included Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja and MPs Ali Mbogo (Kisauni) Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), Jones Mlolwa (Voi), and Danson Mwashako (Wundanyi).

“When 2022 comes, the president will be William Samoei Ruto,” said Governor Samboja.

Aisha Jumwa, who has previously come out as a fierce critic of the Jubilee administration, now had kind words for the deputy president.

“Let us be honest with each other. We cannot stop an idea whose time has come. In 2022, God willing, it will be William Ruto,” said Jumwa.

“The only person we know as candidate for the 2022 presidential race is William Ruto,” said Ali Mbogo, who was representing the Chair of the Coast Parliamentary Group.

They hailed the truce between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition chief Raila Odinga, saying they would support the two leaders in their quest to unite the country.

Ms. Jumwa told the deputy president that opposition leaders would support President Kenyatta in achieving the Jubilee administration’s Big Four development agenda for the country.

“We shall support you (government) in ensuring Jubilee achieves the Big Four development agenda,” she said.

“What happened is water under the bridge. We must accept change and support our leaders who have decided to unite for the sake of the country.”

On his part, DP Ruto, who concluded his three-day tour of the Coast region, assured that the government will carry out development in all parts of the country regardless of their political alignment.

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