In Summary
  • Dr Ruto said his tours around the country were for inspecting development projects.

  • He dismissed those opposed to his visits to churches as “members of the dark world” who frequented witchdoctors and sorcerers.

  • Mr Linturi accused Mr Odinga of using the handshake to marshal his party to take over power.

Deputy President William Ruto has said he will not be drawn into early campaigns.

Dr Ruto said on Sunday that he was busy helping President Uhuru Kenyatta deliver Jubilee Party manifesto.

Dr Ruto, who exuded confidence of beating Opposition chief Raila Odinga, dismissed the ODM leader's move to challenge him in the 2022 presidential race.

CHAOS

He, however, challenged Mr Odinga to reassure the country that in the event that he loses, he will not call his supporters to cause chaos.

“I want to tell him (Mr Odinga) that I am not worried about competing him but I want him to reassure Kenyans that he will not cause chaos,” Dr Ruto said.

Speaking in various church fundraisers in Buuri constituency, Meru County, Mr Ruto said he was not bothered by the recent pronouncement by the opposition chief.  

“Nimeskia kwamba yule mtu wa vitendawili ametangaza ya kwamba anataka kushindana na mimi kura 2022… Haya mambo nimeyaskia, lakini kwa sasa, mimi niko na kazi ya kufanya… (I have heard that the riddle man has announced that he wants to compete with me in the 2022 vote… but for now, I have work to do)," he told Full Gospel Churches of Kenya faithful at Timau stadium.

Dr Ruto said his tours around the country were for inspecting development projects.  

He also defended his frequent church fundraisers saying his opponents were worried because he had entrenched his support base by his association with the clergy.

DARK WORLD

He described those opposed to his visits to churches as “members of the dark world” who frequented witchdoctors and sorcerers.

“Those who don’t believe in God and are the persecutors of Christianity, they will not defeat God’s work,” the DP added.

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