In Summary
  • They said the DP had been loyal to President Uhuru Kenyatta since they teamed up before the 2013 elections.
  • The leaders vowed to work as a bloc to ensure that the DP succeeds President Uhuru Kenyatta.
  • The DP was recently forced to address the claims when he said no one owed him a political debt.

Leaders from Central Kenya on Tuesday promised to ensure that the region repays the political debt it owes Deputy President William Ruto come the 2022 presidential contest.

They said the DP had been loyal to President Uhuru Kenyatta since they teamed up before the 2013 elections.

Speaking in Uasin Gishu yesterday, they assured their colleagues from the Rift Valley that they will not betray the DP, who has stood with the President in the last two elections.

Speaking in Kuinet, Soy Constituency, during the burial of Ms Salina Jematia Lelei, the step-mother of Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago, the leaders vowed to work as a bloc to ensure that the DP succeeds President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The leaders, who included governors Ferdinand Waititu (Kiambu), Muthomi Njuki (Tharaka Nithi), Mutahi Kahiga (Nyeri) and Bahati Member of Parliament Kimani Ngunjiri, said the time had come to return the favour accorded them by the Rift Valley.

RETURN FAVOUR

"All we are waiting for is 2022 to return the favour. It is unfortunate that some leaders claim that Central Kenya will not support Mr Ruto's presidential bid, but we are telling them to watch this space," said Governor Waititu.

The assurance came against the backdrop of growing claims of a rift between the President and his deputy following the former’s handshake with opposition leader Raila Odinga in March.

Since the handshake, a number of vocal politicians from Central have been saying that the region does not owe anyone a debt to be paid in 2022, statements that raised tension in the Rift Valley.

The DP was recently forced to address the claims when he said no one owed him a political debt.

Mr Waititu also asked the Deputy President to be cautious of Mr Odinga, whom he claimed is out to scuttle Mr Ruto's presidential bid.

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