Judith Kemai and Henry Andanje @PeopleDailyKe
Leaders allied to Jubilee have critised Baringo senator Gideon Moi for allegedly blocking Deputy President William Ruto from meeting retired president Moi.
The more than 80 legislators directed their political anger on the Kanu party chairman, saying the senator “should respect the deputy presidency”.
Speaking at Kimoriot village in Mochongoi Baringo South during the burial of the late Baringo South MP Grace Kipchoim, the MPs publicly lashed at the senator, saying his presidential ambition is a far-fetched dream and that he should put it aside.
Led by Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen, the leaders said they have already settled for Ruto’s candidature.
“I want to tell the deputy president that he should be patient and wait for 2022 to come because he will be the king of the nation,” said Murkomen.
Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi told senator Moi to forget contesting the top seat and focus on others adding that the Deputy President is far much ahead of Moi politically. Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa said they only recognise Ruto as the only presidential candidate from the Rift Valley region.
His Gatundu South counterpart Moses Kuria said 2022 politics will not be based on anybody’s family background but it will be about hard work and how one relates with people. He added that Mt Kenya region is solidly behind Ruto in the 2022 race.
Senator Moi, however, said he would not engage in any political fights as a way of giving his last respect to the deceased. He, at the same time, told his rivals to stop using the name of the retired Head of State to gain political mileage.
“I want to warn my political rivals to stay off the retired president and if any one wants to defame me, they should direct all the insults to me but leave Mzee out of it,” he said, adding that it is voters who will be the ultimate decision makers.
Ruto kept off the controversy and the succession politics. He eulogised Kipchoim as someone who always fought for her people.
“Grace was a lady of exemplary extinction and she would fight with all her heart, and death has robbed us such a successful leader,” he said.
He promised locals living in Mochongoi settlement scheme that the government will soon issue them with title deeds. He also said that a cancer treatment centre will be constructed in the county.
Former Funyula MP Paul Otuoma has said the leadership wrangles being witnessed between Ruto and senator Moi should not disrupt agenda of uniting Kenyans.
He said denying Ruto opportunity to meet with retired president Daniel arap Moi should not be reason to drag Kenyans where they were before President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga unity deal.