Gideon accuses Ruto of intimidating rivals ahead of 2022 election
Seth Mwaniki @MwanikiM
Kanu chairman Gideon Moi has accused Deputy President William Ruto of allegedly instigating tribal clashes to intimidate voters in Rift Valley ahead of next year’s elections.
Speaking during a fundraiser in aid of AIPCA Chaka in Kieni constituency, Nyeri county, Gideon claimed that Ruto’s supporters have started sending thinly-veiled warnings to those opposed to his presidential candidature that they will be targeted if they do not support him.
“We as residents of the vast Rift Valley are aware that people are being intimidated to vote for a particular candidate and if not they are being told that they will be finished.
I want to say such threats are overtaken by time and we will not allow it to happen,” said Moi.
Moi, who was accompanied by Baringo Woman Rep Gladwell Cheruiyot warned that Rift Valley was not Deputy President’s bedroom and as such, Kenyans must be allowed to exercise their democratic right without intimidation.
“I want to say that contrary to assertions that Rift Valley is already locked by a particular candidate, that is not true, it is not anyone bedroom,” said Moi.
The Baringo senator, who is locked in a supremacy battle with the Deputy President, welcomed politicians from the Mt Kenya region to join the One Kenya Alliance (OKA), promising that they would be accommodated on the negotiation table geared towards forming an all-inclusive movement.
“Central region should not think that it has been overlooked, we will involve you.
We want a progressive movement that will change this nation,” said Moi.
Moi was responding to a request by Kieni MP Kanini Kega to include leaders from the region in their One Kenya Alliance political matrix.
“I want to tell Gideon that they need to involve Central Kenya, without the region’s input, this country cannot be properly governed,” said Kega.