Battle it out in the ballot next year, Ruto tells rivals Kabogo, Waititu

Oliver Musembi @PeopledailyKe

I have no preferred candidate for the Kiambu governor seat in next year’s elections, Deputy President William Ruto has said. Speaking during a church service at AIPCA in Ruiru on Sunday, Ruto appeared to be responding to the public showdown displayed by governor William Kabogo and Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu.

Waititu, who has declared interest in the governor’s seat, asked the DP and President Uhuru Kenyatta not to interfere with the nomination process. Similarly, there was an exchange of words between area MP Esther Gathogo and ODM nominated MP Isaac Mwaura, who declared he will be vying for the Ruiru parliamentary seat.

“You people will have to fight it out at the ballot. Neither the President nor I have a preferred candidate,” said Ruto. Supporters of Kabogo and Waititu on the one hand, and Gathogo and Mwaura on the other, tried to outdo each other in cheering, with some blowing vuvuzelas each time their preferred leader stood to talk.

Kabogo used the occasion to declare his support for Ruto in 2022. He dismissed as propaganda media reports that quoted him saying Central will not support Ruto’s bid for presidency.

“The Deputy President will have the easiest win in 2022. He will take the presidency by a landslide,” he said. Ruto accused the Opposition of putting “unnecessary obstacles” in the negotiations over the restructuring of IEBC.

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