BOARDROOM POLITICS

Go home if you cannot campaign, Ruto tells rivals

The DP dismissed meetings between opposition leaders and Mt Kenya Foundation

In Summary
  • “I am not a mad man neither am I drunk. We’re all Kenyans and nobody will block me from coming to Nyanza,” he said.
  • Ruto said some of his competitors in the presidential race are dragging their feet by engaging in boardroom politics which will not make them gain popularity.
Deputy President William Ruto speaks to Homa Bay town residents on November 11.
BOARDROOM POLITICS: Deputy President William Ruto speaks to Homa Bay town residents on November 11.
Image: ROBERT OMOLLO

Deputy President William Ruto has told his competitors who seek endorsement for the country’s top leadership to abandon their ambition and go home.

Ruto on Thursday said some of his competitors in the presidential race are dragging their feet by engaging in boardroom politics which will not make them gain popularity.

In apparent reference to Oka principals Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Gideon Moi (Kanu) and Moses Wetang'ula (Ford-Kenya), Ruto challenged the leaders to start engaging the people directly.

He said it is only Kenyans who have the mandate, as per the Constitution, to elect their leaders from MCA to President.

The DP dismissed meetings between opposition leaders and Mount Kenya Foundation at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi.

“Hakuna kiongozi alitumwa na wananchi afanyiwe interview na wadosi ili awe president. (No leader has been sent by the electorate to be interviewed for President),” Ruto said.

The DP spoke at Homa Bay town bus park when he finalised his campaign tour of the county.

He expressed confidence that he will triumph over his competitors in the 2022 presidential election.

In reference to the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga, Ruto said he does not fear facing off with them.

The DP argues that he supported both Uhuru and Raila in their leadership ambitions, adding that the two should let other people lead the country.

“They shouldn’t bother us and instead allow us to focus on how to help the less fortunate. There is nowhere written that I must only help the elite,” Ruto said.

He took the opportunity to promote his bottom up economic model saying his presidency is aimed to help ordinary Kenyans. 

He accused President Kenyatta and Raila of trying to thwart his presidential bid.

“Hawa watu wamenipangia, lakini mimi nimejipanga kuwaliko. (These people are prepared to tackle me but I tell them that I’m more prepared than they think),” he said.

Ruto was accompanied by MPs Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Mathius Robi (Kuria West) and Marua Kitayama (Kuria East).

In reference to the Wednesday incident in Kisumu where his convoy was stoned, Ruto told Homa Bay youths never to allow politicians to misuse them. 

“I am not a mad man neither am I drunk. We’re all Kenyans and nobody will block me from coming to Nyanza because all leaders are free to visit any part of the country,” he said. 

The DP told Homa Bay residents to join other Kenyans in supporting his economic model saying it is the best way of empowering the less fortunate people.

Ruto called for peaceful campaigns to foster unity as the country approaches the 2022 general election.

“United we stand, divided we fall. Let us all be tolerant to one another,” he said.

(Edited by Bilha Makokha)

Deputy President William Ruto waves to Homa Bay town residents in Homa Bay town on November 11.
BOARDROOM POLITICS: Deputy President William Ruto waves to Homa Bay town residents in Homa Bay town on November 11.
Image: ROBERT OMOLLO
Deputy President William Ruto with Homa Bay town residents in Homa Bay town on November 11.
BOARDROOM POLITICS: Deputy President William Ruto with Homa Bay town residents in Homa Bay town on November 11.
Image: ROBERT OMOLLO