Deputy President William Ruto has issued a stern warning to his United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party aspirants ahead of 2022 general elections.
While addressing over 600 UDA party aspirants at his home in Karen, Nairobi County on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, Ruto warned that his closeness with some of his allies in party would not help them get automatic ticket.
The deputy president stated that an invitation to his private affairs, including weddings, fundraising should be differentiated with the official affairs of the UDA party.
He also promised free, fair, and democratic nominations process for all the aspirants ahead of the 2022 elections.
“You can never build a serious national party if there are shortcuts and if the voice of the people does not count,” Ruto stated.
The second in command urged UDA party aspirants to seek the nomination on the basis of eligibility but not on the basis of personal relationships.
“If party members sought nominations based on personal ties they will be in for a rude shock,” Ruto added.
He acknowledged that he would take the blame for not inviting friends to his personal functions but will not take responsibility for their failure to clinch party tickets during the party nominations.
“Blame me if you miss an invitation to my daughter’s wedding, but for this one (UDA nominations), do not,” Ruto said.
While emphasizing his point, Ruto heartily mentioned his friend Kapseret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi, leading to bouts of laughter from the aspirants.
Additionally, Ruto reminded the audience of his vision to build a national party devoid of tribal divisions. He remarked that ethnicity is the biggest problem in Kenyan politics.
Ruto also took a swipe at the leaders of One Kenya Alliance for their inability to pick a flag bearer for the 2022 polls, blaming the quagmire on their lack of a national agenda and their emphasis on tribal arithmetics.
The deputy president criticised ODM party leader Raila Odinga over the 2018 handshake, blaming it for Jubilee disintegration and stalling of major government plans.
“We have two sets of competitors. We have one group that is still struggling with tribalism, they run tribal parties. They cannot even agree on a candidate because everyone has gone to the party with their tribal chief,” Ruto stated.