Deputy President William Ruto has responded to reports that President Kenyatta will endorse one of the Nasa principals for the presidency in 2022.
Reacting to an article by The Star titled “Uhuru: I’ll Back One Nasa Chief for Presidency”, Ruto appeared to suggest that it would be unfair for Uhuru to ignore those who backed him in the past.
“EUCHO!!NGAI FAFA MWATHANI!! So, what happens to the Thurakus, the kumìrà kùmèrà contingent, the 8 million of us?? None, no youth, no woman, no man of the 8M who woke up early and voted 3 times for UK/WsR ticket merit support? Sawa tu! Tutajipanga na support ya MUNGU,” Ruto said through Twitter on Tuesday.
In a separate tweet, Ruto wondered whether the ouster of his allies from the Jubilee Party was part of Kenyatta’s plan to support an opposition candidate.
"So, was the destruction/dismembering of Jubilee, a national party, meant to pave way for support of regional/tribal parties in Nasa? Now, with the collapse of Jubilee, isn't it fair for those who can't fit in ethnic parties to build UDA as an alternative national party? Ama?" he posed.
In the article, The Star reported that Kenyatta asked Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka to unite with other Nasa principals, hinting at supporting one of them.
“Steve (Kalonzo), listen to your people and what they are saying. Unite in Nasa then we shall see what will happen. Whatever you will agree on is what I will go with,” The Star quoted Uhuru.
He was speaking on Monday at State House, Nairobi where he hosted a delegation of Ukambani leaders led by Musyoka.
The other Nasa principals include ODM leader Raila Odinga, ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula.