Ruto buys new cars for 2012 campaign .
Eldoret North MP William Ruto has acquired a new fleet of cars to facilitate his bid for State House next year. The cars are part of the war chest the suspended Higher Education minister is putting together as he prepares to launch his campaign officially next year. Ruto is also understood to have set aside a budget for a helicopter, which he will use to crisscross the country in his campaigns. Ruto’s team has bought 10 Land Rovers that will provide backup transport. Also in the fleet are two Range Rovers. Ruto used some of the vehicles during his trip to Nakuru three weeks ago, and to Mt Elgon and Endebes last weekend.
The Land Rovers Class 110 are suitable for rough terrain and Ruto plans to use them to reach any part of the country during the campaigns. The vehicles are to be fitted with communication gadgets and sources in Ruto’s campaign team said he plans to further equip his squad with another 10 similar vehicles before the end of this year.
Cherangany MP Joshua Kuttuny said they were preparing for a titanic battle with other presidential candidates during next year’s polls. “We are set to go for it through UDM and our plans are on course because we believe Ruto is the best placed candidate to win the presidency,” said Kuttuny.
Key aspirants, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, and Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta have all been putting together resources and some have been paying millions weekly to hire choppers. Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth is understood to have bought a chopper for himself.
Sources within Ruto’s team revealed that he has managed to convince several local friends to use their own resources to support his campaign. One of those strongly backing Ruto’s team is a businessman from Nyanza province. Others include youthful Nairobi businessmen who have been offering to pay bills for Ruto’s team whenever they are out for the series of meetings that Ruto has been holding in many parts of the country. After the Mt Elgon trip last Saturday, some of the youthful businessmen backing Ruto paid bills for the group at two popular entertainment spots where the team retreated to relax.
Other sources in the team indicate that Ruto is set to get assistance from friends abroad who have offered to buy a chopper and hire two others, which they will use to coordinate the campaigns. “He is targeting to be either first or second during the first round of presidential elections so that he qualifies for a possible run off with whoever will be close to him in terms of votes,” said one of Ruto’s strategists. A close Ruto ally Sultan Kemboi said they were confident that he would garner the votes required to win the presidency or qualify for a run off next year. Belgut MP Charles Keter is playing a critical role in Ruto’s campaigns by coordinating the campaign programme.
Ruto has expressed confidence that the International Criminal Court will clear him of charges related to the 2007-08 post-election violence. He is charged along with Uhuru, Francis Muthaura, Henry Kosgey, Hussein Ali and Joshua arap Sang. They will be at The Hague on September 1 for the confirmation of charges hearing. Ruto and Uhuru are in the G7 Alliance, which is strategising together how to win the presidency next year. Others in the team include Kalonzo Musyoka and Saboti MP Eugene Wamalwa.