DP Ruto rules out alliance with Raila, scoffs at plans to kick him out of Jubilee
Deputy President William Ruto has ruled out any possibility of joining hands with ODM leader Raila Odinga in his 2022 presidential bid.
Speaking in various meetings in Gatanga, Murang’a and Juja in Kiambu, Ruto said those urging him to work together with Odinga are demeaning him and undermining his capacity to lead the country.
The DP said he is already enjoying massive support from the members of the public and other political leaders and that shall help him clinch the top seat.
"You mean out of eight million people who joined hands and supported us informing the Jubilee government for two consecutive terms we cannot have one person we can pick to lead?" he posed
Adding: “We cannot follow Odinga because we have our own plan and vision for the country."
At the same time, Ruto dismissed as inconsequential a move by the Jubilee hierarchy to kick him out during a planned Party Delegates Conference.
“These people are useless and hopeless. They should leave us alone because that party disintegrated the moment they brought in strangers in the name of a handshake and we have since moved on,” said the DP.
Speaking at Matangi-ini during a homecoming and thanksgiving meeting by area MP George Koimburi, Ruto said he was unbothered by the move engineered by Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju.
"We have gone ahead and formed our own house under UDA. Jubilee will go down in history as the only political party in the world that came from power into oblivion," he stated.
The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party leader reiterated that he shall carry on the development plan which was hatched in 2013 between him and President Uhuru Kenyatta under the Big Four Agenda, which he claimed was hijacked and stalled by "newcomers."
"I have a clear and better plan to ensure the Big Four Agenda is carried forward and it shall be incorporated in the bottom-up plan," he said.
Ruto said the program would have been fully implemented, were it not for the disruption brought in by Odinga after the handshake.
"Everything was on course until we got some intruders in the government who derailed the implementation of the development plan. There is still room to do what has not been done and come next year, things shall start rolling" he said.
Ruto also slammed his opponents claiming their aim to take over the country's leadership was driven by a desire to cling to power through constitutional amendments.
"Their main agenda is to create more positions for the ruling class rather than improve the economy the way we are planning through our bottom-up approach," he said and asked Kenyans to walk with his team which he said means well for all.
In Gatanga Ruto attended a fundraiser for a bursary kitty initiated by Edward Muriu who is eyeing the area parliamentary seat under UDA while at Matangi-ini in Juja he donated Sh 5 million for 50 groups made up of small traders.
Among leaders who had accompanied Ruto were MPs Koimburi (Juja), Alice Wahome (Kandara), Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Aisha Jumwa (Malindi) and Patrick Wainaina (Thika Town) who all pledged to continue supporting the UDA party to ensure he wins in the next election.
The leaders said the Mountain region fully supports the DP and Odinga has no chance there, with Koimburi insisting that any leader from Central Kenya who wants to be in government should join the Hustler movement.
Jumwa, while referring to remarks attributed to President Kenyatta that he shall not leave the country in hands of a thief, said instead he should let the people decide who will become their President.
"After the elections, your work will be very simple, to hand over the instruments of power to the president-elect, whom the people shall have voted for,"she said.
Ndindi and Kang'ata on their part called for liquidation of the party and each member to get their share back, claiming the party died a long time ago and has lost relevance.
"We left the party a long time ago and I don't think there is anybody left there," said Ndindi.