Leaders from Mt Kenya region have said they will back Deputy President William Ruto for the presidency in 2022, dismissing claims that there were plans in the region to sabotage his ambitions.
The leaders who included Governor Mwangi wa Iria (Muranga), MPs Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu), Sabina Chege (Muranga), Dindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Duati Ngugi (Gatanga), George Kariuki (Ndia), Ruth Mwaniki (Kigumo) and Mary Waithera (Maragwa) said their support for Mr. Ruto was not negotiable.
Others were Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, Senator Charles Kibiru and Women Representative, Purity Ngirici.
The MPs also observed that the decision by Nasa leader Raila Odinga to agree to work with President Kenyatta does not affect Jubilee Party’s succession plan.
Speaking in Murang’a High School during a prize giving day ceremony on Friday, attended by Mr. Ruto, the leaders told off some leaders claiming that there were plans by Mt Kenya leaders to sabotage the ambitions of the Deputy President.
“We want to make it clear here, that we are in Jubilee to stay. Our candidate as people of Mt Kenya come 2022 is William Ruto. That’s all and we don’t mince our words,” said Ms. Mwaniki.
Ms. Mwaniki said the people of Mt Kenya had a debt to pay to the Deputy President, saying Mr. Ruto has stood with President Kenyatta to weather stormy political situations in the country.
“Those who are telling us that we don’t owe anything the Deputy President are daydreaming. We owe you and we will pay back. We have a debt to pay as people of Central,” said Ms. Mwaniki.
Ms. Waithera said the people of Mt Kenya will rally behind the leadership of Mr. Ruto.
“Your Excellency, don’t be misled by some people with a hidden agenda that the people of Central Kenya will not support you. We will be with you and you will see when the time comes,” said Ms. Waithera.
Governor Iria said they would not be gagged from talking about succession politics, as it was part of the country’s development agenda.
“No one can stop us from talking about succession politics because it’s part of development. Even when I was in Kenya Breweries’ Company, we used to talk about who would be the next CEO when another was about to retire,” said Mr. Iria.
“This is why there is nothing wrong when we continue saying Mr. Ruto will be the next country’s CEO when President Uhuru Kenyatta’s term comes to an end in 2022,” added the Governor.
“As leaders of Central Kenya, we are all set and come 2022 we will be at the frontline in campaigning for you (Ruto) because of your scorecard,” added Mr. Iria.
Mr. Nduati said the support for Mr. Ruto to clinch the presidency was unstoppable.
Mr. Ichungwa dismissed some leaders claims that the tours by the Deputy President across the country were part of the campaigns ahead of 2022 terming such leaders as enemies of development.
“This Government was re-elected by Kenyans because of its development track record. Development cannot be achieved when the country’ top leaders spent their entire time in offices. They must be at the grassroots’ to get the people’s priorities right,” said Mr. Ichungwa.
“Your Excellency, you must continue to tour all parts of our country to help initiate development projects. Just ignore those criticizing your tours because they have lost touch with the reality,” said Mr. Ichungwa.
The Deputy President said time for politics was over and asked leaders to focus their energies on matters of development.
He said the Government’s transformative agenda through the Big Four- manufacturing, healthcare, housing and food security was on course, saying nothing will deter its resolve to uplifting the lives of its citizens.
“Our transformative agenda for the country can’t wait, can’t be postponed and can’t be challenged. We are working to ensure the success of our agenda,” said Mr. Ruto.
He said Jubilee has decided to work with leaders in the Opposition in uniting the country.
“We have said no to politics of hatred, tribalism, and confusion. This is why we have decided to work together with those in Opposition in uniting the people,” said Mr. Ruto.
Addressing wananchi in Gakoigo and Njega’s grounds when he launched the Kerugoya-Rutue-Kiandieri and Njega’s- Mutito-Kagumo-Mukinduri roads in Kirinyaga County, Mr. Ruto urged leaders to unite and serve the people.
“I urge all leaders to unite and avoid divisive politics. Let’s focus our energies on development,” said Mr Ruto.
He urged Kirinyaga leaders to torn down on competitive politics for the sake of unity and development.
Governor Anne Waiguru, Senator Charles Kibiru) and Women Rep, Purity Ngirici among others accompanied the Deputy President.