The leaders also told off trade unionist Francis Atwoli after he claimed that Mr Ruto will not be in the 2022 presidential ballot.

“We don’t know who Mr Atwoli is speaking for since he represents workers whose numbers cannot be compared to the support the DP enjoys in western. He even decided to curse me because I support you (Ruto) but he should know his curse will not hold,” said Dr Khalwale.

Mr Barasa said the support enjoyed by Mr Ruto among MPs in western Keya and other parts of the country cannot be wished away.

“People think MPs who support the DP’s presidential bid in 2022 are doing so blindly. We are confident he will be the next president in 2022,” said Mr Barasa.

Kiambu Governor Waititu said the DP’s development track record speaks for itself.

“We in Kiambu have decided to back him based on that. We do not want to gamble by backing candidates who have nothing to offer,” said Mr Waititu.

Mr Ruto donated Sh5 million for a Sh180 million Salvation Army conference centre project.

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