CORD leader Raila Odinga has sworn to support DP William Ruto and to ensure he becomes the president in 2022 if he can get Kalenjin to rally behind him in the coming election scheduled in 2017.
Addressing the audience in Sotik, Bomet County during a church fundraiser, Raila Odinga hinted that 2017 General Election would be a face off between him and President Uhuru Kenyatta as he is is going to represent his party in the race.
“Since Mr Ruto will be vying as Kenyatta’s running mate, I want to plead with the Kalenjin to stand with me so that in 2022 we can talk over Ruto’s presidential bid”, he said.
Raila also said that he is wiling to negotiate with DP Ruto over the deal so that he gets his support for 2017 and he reciprocates in 2022.
He added that he and Dp Ruto are not at war nor do they have conflict of interests, so they could hold a structured talk to help him achieve his 2012 wish.
“There will not be a contest between Raila and Ruto, therefore, as people of Rift Valley stand with me in 2017 as it happened in 2007 so that we have full stakes of the Government, we can talk with Ruto for my backing in 2022, which he has declared interest”, Raila said.
“The former Prime Minister said there was no ill will between him and Ruto and all that was needed are structured talks to iron out things and that he was willing to support him achieve his 2022 dream.We can seat to talk so that I can give my support to the Deputy President in 2022 which he has declared to run for presidency”.
Raila was in the company of Silvance Osele (Kasipul Kabondo), Ugunja’s Opiyo wandayi, MP Jakoyo Midiwo (Gem), and Irshad Sumra (Embakasi South) when he made the statement.
Mr Midiwo led the call on Dp Ruto, advising him to learn from Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Raila’s live experiences as after they backed Mt Kenya leaders in the past, they never got the favours returned to be elected into the State House seat.
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“Ruto should learn from what happened to former Prime Minister and Kalonzo who even though they supported leaders from Mt Kenya, their favours were not returned”, Midiwo said.
He added: “Raila is known to be pronouncing ‘Kibaki tosha’ and after that Kibaki never returns the same favour.”
Mr Wandayi appealed for Kiambu Governor William Kabogo’s sentiments to betaken seriously and to alert people of Kalenjin community to remedy their past mistakes.
The likes of Governor Isaac Ruto and the area MP were not in the rally.