COTU secretary-general Francis Atwoli has slammed Deputy President William Ruto over claims that the ‘deep state’ is planning to stop him from ascending to power in 2022.
Ruto on Wednesday said he will rely on God and Kenyans to defeat the deep state and the system who are determined to rig him out in the 2022 presidential election.
“We are being threatened that there is a system and a deep state that is seated somewhere, ready to decide who will be the president, regardless of who is voted in by Kenyans. Let them bring it on. They will come with the so-called system, we will come with God and Kenyans,” Ruto said.
Responding to Ruto’s claims, Atwoli said it is hypocritical for Ruto to fight the same deep state that rescued him from the jaws of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Ruto had been charged with crimes against humanity at The Hague-based court alongside President Kenyatta but their cases collapsed due to lack of sufficient evidence.
“I can tell you that it is former President Mwai Kibaki who saved Ruto from the ICC. He [Ruto] also had it easy during the 2013 elections. He should not forget that.” Atwoli told The Star in an interview.
He added: “Ruto is a daytime dreamer. He is dreaming. He will never be the president of this great country. In fact, no one will stand in his way to stop him. We will see where he will get votes.”
Atwoli further challenged Ruto to resign from the government if he has no faith in the system he is part of.
“The best thing the deputy president should do is to resign. If he doesn’t know the difference between him and the deep state,” Atwoli said.
“Ruto is interested in politics instead of serving Kenyans. He is number two and if he is not comfortable he should resign. This young man should not be rude to his bosses who are the taxpayers. He needs to understand that he is using the taxpayers’ funds for security, transport, and hosting delegations and must respect them.”