Deputy President Ruto taunts OKA to declare flag-bearer

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 00:00 | By
One Kenya Alliance principals (from left to right) Musalia Mudavadi, Gideon Moi, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula during a 2022 election strategy meeting at a Nairobi hotel yesterday. Photo/PD/GERALD ITHANA

Deputy President William Ruto yesterday challenged One Kenya Alliance (OKA) co-principals to get out of hotel boardrooms and declare their presidential candidate.

OKA principals Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetang’ula and Gideon Moi who have been criss-crossing the country have indicated they will agree on one of them to run for the presidency in the next General Election. 

Speaking in Nyamira town, Ruto told the cheering crowd: “I am asking them to move with speed and identify their choice so that I can deal him.”

The DP said the race would be a contest between political godfathers, dynasties and hustlers.

He challenged the hustlers to take advantage of their numerical numbers to join him in forming the next government, which he said will address their plight.

Competitive politics

The DP said  Kenyans wanted competitive politics and  challenged  the OKA principals to identify their preferred candidate.

“My competitors have been holding meetings in Nairobi hotels so that they can identify one person face me but unfortunately they are yet to agree,” said the DP.

‘I am also challenging them to come up with a national party instead concentrating on their  tribal parties if they mean well in uniting Kenyans,” he added .

He said since independence, Kenyan politics has been dominated by leaders who come from famous families and said that this time round those who come from poor background must be given chance to lead.

 Ruto said the low- income earners  have suffered a lot and it was high time they were brought on board. 

He assured the Mama mboga, boda boda riders, saloonists, matatu drivers and those engaging themselves in small medium entrepreneurship that if he forms the next government, he could create a special fund for them worth Sh150 million in every constituency in a bid to empower them economically.

Addressing wananchi at Magwagwa, Ikonge, Ekerenyo, Kebirigo and Nyamira town, Ruto accused his competitors of spreading and peddling falsehood about his bottom-up economic model.

“I am telling my political competitors to stop criticising my bottom-up model whose agenda they don’t understand.

Their behaviour indicate they have  run short of ideas which they want to sell to Kenyans,” he told the gathering at Ikonge market centre where opened a police post.

The DP also promised to address the agricultural sector by making sure the farmers were supplied with  free seeds and fertilisers at affordable prices. 

He said majority of farmers were being frustrated by cartels and brokers, promising that if he becomes the next President, he will streamline the farming sector.

Ruto expressed his disappointment over the high debts the country was making from foreign donors adding that with his leadership he could drastically reduce loans which were costing Kenyans dearly .

He cautioned Kenyans against voting for ODM leader Raila Odinga who he termed as  a government project.

He said Raila and his other competitors have no agenda of addressing the country’s poor economy but were  only interested in creating political seats for themselves. 

He said he and President Uhuru Kenyatta had good plans for this country but this plan was distracted by the Handshake brought by Raila.

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