Jubilee’s 2017 top posts line-up ready, Ruto says
Mr Ruto said he was preparing himself to battle for the presidency in the 2022 general election and asked all leaders in Jubilee to unite and stop engaging in unnecessary political squabbles.
“We know where we are, where we are going and who our leaders are. We are already done with the 2017 elections and even our opponents know that and they should learn to deal with it,” he said.
The Deputy President called on all political parties in the Jubilee Coalition to come together under the Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) to ensure easy win in subsequent elections.
“The only issue which is there to debate about is the 2022 elections and we will talk about it later. I am ready to face the competitors when that time comes, and (we) have agreed to form one political party which will be led by President (Uhuru) Kenyatta who is our 2017 presidential candidate,” he said.
Mr Ruto was speaking at a fundraiser in Precious Blood Kagwe Girls School in Lari, Kiambu County on Friday.
He was accompanied MPs Mburu Kahangara (Lari) Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete), Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu), Kigo Njenga (Gatundu North), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), John Kiragu (Limuru) and Samuel Gichigi (Kipipiri).
Mr Ruto reiterated that corruption accusations made against him were orchestrated to paint him as a bad leader and scuttle his bid to succeed President Kenyatta.
The MPs said leaders from Mount Kenya region had agreed to support Mr Ruto’s bid to become Kenya’s fifth president.
Mr Kahangara said forming one strong party will ensure the President Kenyatta and Mr Ruto win the 2017 election.
“We agreed to support Mr Ruto and all the parties which support the President must come together so that we can play our politics as one and that will work in our favour,” he said.
Mr Kigo said people from Mount Kenya region owe the Deputy President support saying were it not for him, President Kenyatta would have not won the last election.
“Had you not supported us (President Kenyatta’s presidential bid), we would be in opposition. We have all agreed that in 2022, we must reciprocate by supporting you to be our next President,” Mr Kigo said.
Mr Kuria accused the opposition of fighting government’s development projects.
“The only difference between Jubilee and Cord is that the later seems to be allergic to development and that’s why you find they fighting everything and I will never shy away from saying that,” he said.