Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana has urged DP Ruto to seek audience with ODM Raila Odinga and talk, if at all he wants top be part of the next government post 2022. Kibwana was speaking during the fifth annual Tobong’u Lore festival in Turkana on Thursday, a function also attended by Governor Josephat Nanok and the Deputy President himself as well as a host of other leaders.
“I wish you could also sit with Raila. That will send a good message to the country. A conversation with Raila will ensure you’re part of the next government as much as it will unite the country,” Kibwana said.
The Makueni governor reminded the DP that he is also a part of the country’s leadership and should not allow himself be sidelined from major decisions which touch on the welfare of the country. Kibwana also took the opportunity to announce his 2022 bid for presidency saying he will be on the ballot in 2022.
“I mentioned this month that I will be in the ballot come 2022,” he said.
On his part, Turkana Governor Josephat Nanok said the country was not ready for a referendum adding that there were no funds to cater for a plebiscite as the country was facing tough economic times.
“I do not think we have money for a referendum in the national budget. These are questions that need to be solved so that we do not have any roadblock on any Bill,” Nanok said.
Nanok seems to be sharing same school of thought with DP Ruto, who has been against any proposals to ammend the constitution saying it was driven by selfish agenda. Nanok has pledged to support Ruto in 2022.
The leaders, who accompanied Deputy President William Ruto, included Turkana Governor Josephat Nanok, Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, Turkana Central MP John Lodepe, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi and Turkana Woman Representative Joyce Emanikor.