Deputy President William Ruto will not be the future president of Kenya, according to COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli. He has been for years poking holes into Ruto’s bid, and has been of the opinion that he will lose, to ODM leader Raila Odinga of Azimio La Umoja. The trade unionist has faulted those dismissing his prediction, pointing out that he has always made the right prophecies since before the 2013 elections.
He says that the same way he predicted President Uhuru Kenyatta’s presidency, and it came to pass, his new one about Raila winning will also be fulfilled.
“You will recall that in 2013, I said President Uhuru Kenyatta was the possible presidential candidate for the pair and dismissed Ruto,” he said on Saturday, as quoted by The Standard.
He made the remarks while accompanying Raila to Murang’a, where he joined other Azimio bigwigs in drumming up support for the former Prime Minister.
His observation that Ruto won’t win is a departure from his earlier claims that he won’t even be in the presidential ballot in the first place.
Raila’s running mate Martha Karua urged the mountain to support her through Raila, promising that all the region’s needs will be looked into under her. She cautioned it against voting for Ruto, and his running mate Rigathi Gachagua, whom he noted have not been of any help despite having the opportunity.
“I and Raila have a good track record which include delivering the 2010 constitution, while our opponents were grabbing land and persecuting people when they were District Officers (DOs). Where Martha is, you can’t be persecuted and oppressed while I remain silent,” the former Justice Cabinet Secretary said.
Meanwhile, Nepotism is a great problem in many African nations due to the lagging in democracy and legislation. Political parties have presented their nomination papers for the list of their members to join the Senate and National Assembly after the elections. The UDA party made its list and presented it to the relevant body. The President, who is Jubilee Party leader, has listed his sister, Kristina Wambui Kenyatta, among people who will be nominated senators in the next government.