Senator Muthama hits out at DP Ruto over ‘anti-CORD’ remarks
Machakos Senator Johnston Muthama has taken a swipe at Deputy President William Ruto over remarks on the political vulnerability of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD).
Speaking in Kilifi on Saturday, Muthama said Ruto’s utterances amounted to hate speech and aimed at depicting CORD as a political wimp.
“I saw Ruto on TV saying he can deal with CORD. This is a display of utter arrogance and hate speech. Our message to Ruto is that CORD has the ability to outrightly beat Jubilee in the next elections,” he said.
Muthama further said that President Uhuru Kenyatta was not the right candidate to run the country, drumming up support for CORD leader Raila Odinga.
Ruto had on Friday said that CORD was not a threat to Jubilee, noting that he was in a position to “deal with them” singlehandedly.
“I even told President Uhuru Kenyatta to leave CORD to me. I can take care of them without anyone’s help.”
The DP has in recent days pointed at the apparent confusion within CORD as a clear show that they are not ready to form the government.
He claimed that the mere absence of an outright flag bearer in the opposition coalition is an indication that they are a no-match to Jubilee, which he said, already knows its presidential candidate and the party to use in the 2017 poll.
On Saturday, DP Ruto made attempts to woo CORD co-principal Moses Wetangula into Jubilee saying the uncertainty in CORD was one to be abhorred.
“In the past, I was the one on the other side gambling on the political path to take while you (Wetangula) were on this other side with former President Mwai Kibaki forming the government. It seems we have now changed sides,” said Ruto.
Wetangula however restated his interest in staying in CORD, throwing hints at going all the way to the ballot.
“The people you see here, Mr Deputy President, are my votes. If I can manage to get a few more from your region and other regions and Kenyans decided that I am the best person to lead the country, I hope that Jubilee will accept the results. We will also accept the results if you win,” said Wetangula.
Wetangula and Ruto were speaking at the burial of Webuye West MP Daniel Wanyama’s mother in Webuye on Saturday.
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