Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has accused Deputy President William Ruto of orchestrating his loss at the primaries.
Kabogo who lost his re-election bid and has chosen to run as an independent said the DP gave out money at the Jubilee headquarters to ensure his failure.
The governor made the claim while speaking to The Star on Wednesday, but admitted to not having solid evidence to back his accusations.
“We saw so and so receiving money from a black Mercedes-Benz at Jubilee headquarters. They would go to a hotel and plan how to rig and the people who were planning mentioned the DP’s name. I have a recording of the same,” he said.
Kabogo called out Ruto for participating in county politics saying that he was imposing leaders on the people. He also talked about why he first conceded the nominations before choosing to run as an independent after more than 50,000 people advised him to do so.
“I am a man full of anger and bitterness but I realized this will not help my people. I had opted to concentrate on my business and watch things unfold from the fence but then my love for the people of Kiambu drove me back.”
“I am not just after money or imposing myself on the people. The people of Kiambu know what they want. Even if I am left in the ballot room alone, I will not add a single paper in my favor to impose myself on them.”
William Kabogo lost to Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu whom he accused of thriving on propaganda and malicious accusations. He said Waititu was obsessed with him and has no development agenda for the people of Kiambu.
Kabogo expressed confidence that he will win the election but said his only worry is whether he will fulfill his agenda.
“I am confident that I will be in office for another term. What is happening now has happened to me several times while I was an MP. I won then and I will win this time too.”
“It has taken a lot of time to build a base for sourcing our own revenues as a county. The stone-throwing by leaders coming on board will destroy this and then we shall be just like the rest.”
But he added that he will accept defeat should this be the case in the August 8 general election, as it will be the people’s will.
William Kabogo went on to reaffirm his love and support for President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“I am the one who brought Uhuru back to the path when he almost endorsed [Amani leader Musalia] Mudavadi as president. I am a die-hard supporter of his policies because I believe he is a leader committed to seeing Kenya transformed.”
The Kiambu boss added that he will vie for president in 2022 should the people want it. That will pit him against Ruto who is expected to succeed Uhuru.
“For now I do not support anyone but Uhuru. I will weigh my options on whether to vie or support Ruto. After all, his vision and that of Uhuru are the same,” he said.