Ruto not in 2017 presidential race – MPs

William Ruto
William Ruto

Political leaders from the Rift Valley region have refuted claims that they are pushing Deputy President William Ruto to run for presidency in 2017.

The leaders said the claims have been maliciously crafted by opponents of the Jubilee government to create unrest in the ruling coalotion.

Speaking after holding a fundraising at Kapsoo AIC Church in Baringo Central over the weekend, the leaders confirmed that the Deputy President will be the running mate of President Uhuru Kenyatta in the forthcoming elections.

The leaders present include Baringo North Member of Parliament William Cheptumo, Baringo Central’s Sammy Mwaita, Baringo South MP Grace Kipchoim and the county’s Women Representative Grace Kiptui.

Mwaita blamed the opposition for the onslaught on Ruto saying they were not pleased with the Deputy President meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama during his visit to Kenya.

Kipchoim on her part said that they will rally their support behind President Kenyatta in 2017 and William Ruto in 2022.

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Story By Benjamin Wafula
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