Mwangi Willy and DPPS @PeopleDailyKe
Deputy President William Ruto yesterday reaffirmed his opposition to calls for a referendum on the Constitution saying it should not be used to create positions for a few individuals. His remarks came as some opposition and Jubilee leaders backed his 2022 presidential bid, saying he is ahead of his challengers.
The leaders, among them Ford-Kenya’s MP Chris Wamalwa (Kiminini) and ODM’s Silvanus Osoro (Mugirango South) said they were certain Ruto would be the fifth president of Kenya. But speaking at a church service in Kitale, Trans Nzoia county, the Deputy President asked leaders to channel their energies towards uniting and developing the country, instead of spending too much time on politics.
“The national narrative must not be about power sharing but about millions of our people who have a major stake in this country. Any talks must not be about us, the politicians, but how to transform the lives of Kenyans,” said Ruto. “Kenya is for all of us, not a few individuals.
We should be focusing our energies on solving the challenges facing the majority,” he added. He said the country can only be transformed by sound development plans. Leaders who accompanied him said the Deputy President was well placed to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“I am confident that Ruto will be the country’s president in 2022 when I will be the governor of Trans Nzoia county,” said Wamalwa. Family background His sentiments were echoed by Osoro, who said: “As people of Kisii, we have resolved to support Ruto for president.
We only ask him to appoint his deputy from our area.” The leaders said one’s family background should not determine suitability to lead the country. “We want leaders who are self-made, hardworking and action-oriented,” said the Kiminini MP as his Nyali counterpart Mohamed Ali said the 2022 politics will be about “hustlers”.
Osoro said although he was elected on an opposition ticket, he is happy to work with Jubilee leaders who are focused on development and the interests of Kenyans.
Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny said Ruto will not need “vigorous campaigns” for the top seat because the Deputy President is “already president in waiting”. Kutuny said the handshake between Uhuru and opposition leader Raila Odinga will help foster national unity and development and should not be viewed negatively.
Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba said Ruto has support across the country, saying his leadership qualities and development record speak for themselves.
“This is why his elevation to the top seat in 2022 is in not in doubt,” said Khaemba. Ruto blamed cartels for woes facing farmers in the country. The DP said the syndicate has grounded distribution of farm inputs to farmers. He said some people have been repackaging subsidised fertiliser and selling it to farmers.