Former Bomet Governor and Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) party leader Isaac Rutto has opened up on his recent decision to back Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential ambitions.
According to the CCM boss, he could no longer stomach what he termed as unwarranted tribulations the DP was subjected to by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga’s allies.
He said the two leaders had ganged up against the DP after their March 9, 2018, handshake making him suffer despite holding two big positions both in the ruling Jubilee party and in government.
“When I saw my brother (DP Ruto) had been left out and subjected to tribulations by the Jubilee administration including Odinga whom I had supported, we chose to unite to rival them,” Rutto stated.
Rutto was referring to the 2017 campaign period when he teamed up with the ODM leader, Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula, under the National Super Alliance (NASA) in an attempt to remove Uhuru and Ruto from office.
He said his political truce with Ruto was meant to cushion the DP from political persecution.
After NASA lost the August 2017 presidential election, Rutto ditched the camp to support Uhuru and Ruto’ Jubilee in the October 2017 repeat election.
“When my brother (Ruto) went to the mountain (Mt Kenya), I decided to go to the lake…so when I tried to pull my candidate who was stuck in the swamp it became difficult because the force that came from the hill (Uhuru side) was immense and used gravity that it swept him and that is why I ditched him,” added Rutto amid laughter from the crowd.
Rutto has once again ditched Uhuru after inking a co-operation agreement with the ruling Jubilee party in June last year.
The Jubilee-CMM pact which was signed at the Jubilee Headquarters on the same day Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper entered into a similar agreement, is yet to bear any fruits for the CCM party.