In Summary
  • State House Senior Director for Public Communication Munyori Buku on Tuesday rebuked Mr Ruto’s critics for “wasting their time” in warning that the DP may have to sweat for central Kenya’s support in 2022.
  • Two weeks ago, Kiambu Governor William Kabogo was forced clarify his comments, then threatened to sue his rivals, after he suggested the DP will not be a straightforward backing from the Central region.
  • State House said the President and his Deputy are still joined at the hip in developing the country and uniting communities.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has defended his deputy, Mr William Ruto, and assured him of his support in his 2022 bid for the presidency.

This follows assertions by some politicians in the Jubilee coalition that the DP does not have their guaranteed support.

State House Senior Director for Public Communication Munyori Buku on Tuesday rebuked Mr Ruto’s critics for “wasting their time” in warning that the DP may have to sweat for central Kenya’s support in 2022.

“The President has been categorical about the 2022 Jubilee ticket. He has made it very clear that the party will fully back Deputy President William Ruto,” Mr Buku said in a brief statement.

“First, the President has explained that 10 years of his own term are not long enough to implement the grand plan Jubilee has for Kenya. He has pointed out this super plan needs about 20 years to implement.”

The statement was prompted by comments by Nominated Senator Paul Njoroge at the weekend that the DP’s visits to the central region added little value to President Kenyatta’s 2017 campaigns but were meant to push his 2022 agenda.

In an interview with the Nation on Monday, Mr Njoroge repeated the warning, arguing the visits could, in fact, cause conflict between the Kikuyu and Kalenjin communities should they part political ways after 2017.

“It’s my feeling that the Deputy President is trying to blackmail the Kikuyu community when we know very well he is adding no value to (President Kenyatta’s) 2017 bid,” said an unapologetic Mr Njoroge.

“We keep promising Ruto that we are going to vote for him in 2022; suppose he feels betrayed (if we do not keep that promise), and then his people in the Rift Valley feel betrayed, you know how the story goes... and you know very well,” said the senator. “We might be creating unnecessary trouble.”

Mr Ruto, the former Eldoret North MP, became Deputy President in 2013 after running with Mr Kenyatta on a Jubilee coalition ticket. They beat their closest challengers, Cord by 6,173,433 votes to 5,340,546.

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