Ruto: I’ll beat Raila hands down
Deputy president William Ruto yesterday exuded confidence that he would defeat Opposition chief Raila Odinga in the August 22 General-Election.
Ruto termed Raila as a perennial loser,who has vied for the presidency several times but never made it.
Addressing a rally in Maragua in Murang’a County yesterday, he said he is confident of winning the seat to become the fifth president.
Ruto, riding on the joint effort between him and President Uhuru Kenyatta, said they managed to beat Raila and this time it shall be no different.
“Over eight million people joined hands and delivered us victory in 2013 and 2017, and come next year, it shall be no different,” he said.
Ruto said the ODM boss is not fit to lead the country, claiming he does not have the interests of people at heart.
He said Raila is known to create chaos, blaming him for the woes in the Jubilee government.
Ruto said he shall carry on the Big Four Agenda, which was hatched in 2013 between him and President Uhuru.
“I have a clear and better plan to ensure the Big Four Agenda is carried forward and it shall be incorporated in the bottom up plan,” the DP said.
DP’s allies said Raila’s financiers will be in for a rude shock, as Kenyans will make independent choices, devoid of external pressure.
Speaking at the same event, Garissa Township MP Aden Duale appealed to President Uhuru not to impose Raila on Kenyans. He said his traits were well known to the people.
Duale said: “We have immense respect for the Head of State, however, we will not allow him to push us to back Raila. We know the ODM chief, his history and violent nature.”
Others leaders present included MPs Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Kimani Ichung’wa Kikuyu), Owen Baya (Kilifi North), Sylvanus Osoro (South Mugirango), Murang’a Senator Irung’u Kang’ata and former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu.
Duale said Raila’s backers were now using fake opinion polls to inflate his dismissal popularity in Mt Kenya and the rest of the country.
Ichung’wa said State officials and some businessmen were sponsoring inaccurate opinion polls meant to mislead Kenyans on Ruto’s popularity compared to Raila’s.
“I want to assure you that Kiambu where I come from, Ruto enjoys 100 per cent support,” he said.
Ruto said the Big Four Agenda would have been fully implemented, were it not for the disruption brought in by Raila after the Handshake.