More than 15 legislators from Central region have vowed support for Deputy President William Ruto in his quest to become Kenya’s next president in 2022.
Speaking in Kikuyu Town, Kiambu county on Friday, the MPs and senators said they would not be intimidated by powerful forces in the region, who they claimed have been trying to scare them from rallying behind the DP.
They said their association with Ruto had seen them threatened and labelled “Ruto’s touts.” Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria termed the threats were inconsequential.
“We are not going to stop this grand march for a better Kenya,” said the MP during the function where Ruto launched the construction of Kikuyu market.
Limuru MP Peter Mwathi said Ruto had turned out to be Kenya’s unifying factor. “That is why in Central, we are supporting the Deputy President,” he said.
MPs Kimani Ichung’wa Gachagua Rigathi (Mathira), Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Gathoni wa Muchomba (Kiambu Women’s Representative), Jude Njomo (Kiambu Central), Gabriel Kago Mukuha (Githunguri), John Kiarie (Dagoretti South), Kimani Wamatangi (Kiambu Senator) and Joseph Kahangara (Lari) also declared support for Ruto.
Others present included MPs Simon King’ara (Ruiru), Githua Wamacukuru (Kabete), Patrick Wainaina (Thika) and Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki.
Kiambu Governor Ferdinard Waititu, accompanied by his deputy James Nyoro and Kiambu County Assembly Speaker Stephen Ndicho, said the project would offer traders an opportunity to thrive.
Ruto called for the need for the Executive, Judiciary and Legislature to work together to stop wastage, corruption and mismanagement of public resources.
“This must be a collective responsibility. We must defeat those who undermine our efforts in pushing our country forward,” he said.
The DP said more new markets would be built in Kihara, Juja and Ruiru as part of the government effort to was power businesses and empower Kenyans economically.