DP Ruto, allies rubbish Atwoli claims

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From right; Deputy President William Ruto, Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, Mumias East MP Ben Washiali, former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale, Sirisia MP John Waluke and Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa in Kakamega
From right; Deputy President William Ruto, Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, Mumias East MP Ben Washiali, former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale, Sirisia MP John Waluke and Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa in Kakamega

Deputy President William Ruto and his allies have faulted claims by COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli that the DP’s name won’t be in the ballot come 2022. The COTU boss made the remarks on Saturday in Lamu, and he insisted that the Deputy President won’t be part of the race to State House. “You can take it to the bank, for free. And those aren’t my contributions, don’t take it as such,” he said. However, speaking at the Salvation Army Kakamega citadel in Kakamega County during a fundraising, DP Ruto criticized what he termed ‘witch antics’. “We’ve been told by witches and sorcerers that so and so won’t be on the ballot and so and so will be there, now you know where Kenya as a country is,” he said, “We urge you to pray for them”

Mumias East MP Ben Washiali wondered how those purporting that the DP’s name won’t be on the ballot are sure they’ll be present during 2022. On his part, Sirisia MP John Waluke said the leaders in the country should be respected, “We need to have respect as a community, let’s stop bickering and insulting leaders. We should respect the leaders of this country including President Uhuru and the Deputy President.”

Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa said nobody can intimidate DP Ruto’s camp, and that anyone who has a preference for another candidate should support him or her in the ballot. “Kenyans will go to vote on the basis of a manifesto and an agenda,” he said.