Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and his allies have blamed his recent arrest on his association with a section of the political class spearheading Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.
Waititu claims he would not be cowed by forces worried about his support for the DP, adding that the pro-Ruto faction dubbed ‘Team Tangatanga’ would ensure the the Jubilee deputy party leader gets the top seat in the next elections.
“Wanadanganyana huko Facebook eti wasichana wangu wako na accounts na iko na mamilioni na ni uongo… wanasema eti niko na account hamsini na hiyo yote ni uwongo,” he said
(“They are lying on Facebook that my daughters have millions in their accounts but that is a lie… they’re saying I have over 50 bank accounts, but all those are lies.”)
“Siwezi kulazimishwa kumfuata yoyote… kwa sababu mimi namwogopa Mungu na uji moto peke yake kwa hii maisha.”
(“I cannot be forced to follow anybody… because I only fear God and hot porridge in this life.”)
The Kiambu County boss insists there was an agreement when Jubilee Party came to power that President Uhuru Kenyatta would serve for 10 years and DP Ruto would take over for the same period of time.
“The initial agreement was that the president would serve for 10 years, and then the deputy president would take over for 10 years. That is what still stands, so do not listen to anything else from anybody else,” he stated.
“Jubilee is still strong, there is no problem in the party, we are moving ahead and we want to urge other parties to also move ahead with their own activities. Let Raila drive his own party, and everyone else.”
The governor was on Thursday last week arrested following an early morning raid on his homes in Runda, Garden Estate and Kiambu by detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
A statement from commission said the Kiambu Governor was suspected of awarding tenders worth Ksh.588 million to companies associated with him and members of his immediate family.
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