Munira Mandano and DPPS @PeopleDailyKe
Some Opposition-allied leaders in Coast region have pledged to support Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential bid in 2022. They include Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja, MPs Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), Ali Mbogo (Kisauni), Lydia Haika (Women’s Representative, Taita Taveta), Jones Mlolwa (Voi) and Danson Mwashako (Wundanyi).
They said Ruto was well placed to take over from President Uhuru Kenyatta when his term ends to ensure key development projects started by the Jubilee government do not stall. Speaking at St Barnabas Anglican Church in Voi, Jumwa, hitherto a harsh critic of Jubilee government, said as Coast MPs would rally their supporters behind Ruto, saying “he has what it takes to lead the country”. The DP was in attendance.
“We can’t stop an idea whose time has come. We want to assure you of our support when that time comes,” said Jumwa. “Who could imagine I could meet and work with Ruto?
What happened is now water under the bridge” she added, in reference to confrontational politics that used to characterise Ruling Jubilee and Nasa. Samboja of Wiper Party said he was optimistic Ruto would take over the mantle from Uhuru come 2022.
“Tomorrows journey is planned today. Ruto will be our president come 2022, not through witches but through our prayers,” he said. The leaders praised the President and Nasa leader Raila Odinga’s commitment to unite the country.
“As Coast leaders, we have resolved work together in ensuring the success of the implementation of the Government’s Big Four agenda,” said Mlolwa. Meanwhile, Ruto wound up his three-day tour of Coast region, where assured Kenyans that the government would not relent in its efforts to unite the country.
He urged leaders to emulate Uhuru and Raila and work together for the sake of unity and development. “It is now our turn as leaders to unite and build bridges of friendship and brotherhood for the benefit of our people,” said Ruto.
On Saturday, the DP was in Kwale to launch the construction of Milalani-Mivumoni-Kilulu road and handing over of Kingwende Girls High School Bus.