Cheap gossip: URP denies Ruto eyeing presidency in 2017


The United Republican Party has said Deputy President William Ruto will not vie for President in 2017. On Monday a confidant and URP activist said Ruto is reaching out to leaders across the political divide to cement his candidature in 2017.

He said Ruto has been in close talks with “friendly” TNA legislators and ODM MPs perceived to be rebellious. However, URP secretary general Fred Muteti yesterday said the relationship between URP and TNA is “intact and beyond cheap gossip”.

He said President Uhuru and Ruto are in a good working relationship. He dismissed the confidant as a “busybody” looking for attention from Ruto. “Let me make it clear that the allegations appearing in the media are baseless and do not hold any water.

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URP and TNA are in good relations with no suspicion whatsoever from either party,” Muteti said.

“Whoever is peddling such lies is just a busy body who claims to be a confidant of DP but we know he is seeking his attention.” Kericho URP coordinator Hillary Koskei and his Nakuru counterpart Kibet Komen dismissed the allegations saying they are propaganda by jubilee opponents to wage war against Ruto and Uhuru. They said URP is fully in government.

Koskei said Ruto has not expressed dissatisfaction or frustration. He said the “confidant” is a well-known attention seeker within the URP circles. “Some frustrated busybodies who have been masquerading to represent URP are out spreading false and cheap politics,” Komen said.


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