KAKAMEGA, AUGUST 18, 2018.
Deputy President William Ruto has urged Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi to support him for presidency come 2022.
Mr Ruto said his friendship with Mr Mudavadi dates back to their days in ODM, saying it was time they worked together ahead of 2022 elections.
Speaking at Mwangaza Secondary School grounds in Kakamega County, during a thanksgiving ceremony for Lurambi MP Titus Khamala, on Saturday, Mr Ruto told Mr Mudavadi to back him since he was just a step away from the top seat.
“We agreed in 2007 elections that Mr Raila Odinga takes the position of President, my brother Mudavadi, was to be the Vice President and the position of Prime Minister was to be mine,” said Mr Ruto.
“But because of what happened, we finally got the position of Prime Minister which was to be mine but went to Mr Odinga while the slot of deputy Prime Minister went to Mr Mudavadi. I got nothing but was taken to Hague,” he added.
He said his political friends then in ODM left him to fight for his survival at the ICC instead of standing with him during such difficult times by coming out forcefully to exonerate him from blame over the 2007/8 post election violence.
“I prayed to God over the ICC issue and was finally vindicated and this is why we are where we are today. This is why I ask my brother Musalia Mudavadi to support me for the top seat in 2022, now that I am just one step to the presidency,” said Mr Ruto.
He went on: “Even in the Book of Mathew 7:7, the Bible says ‘ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. This is why I ask you (wananchi) to pray for Mr Odinga and Mr Mudavadi to leave the seat for me come 2022 as I am closer to the top seat than them.”
Present were Mr Mudavadi, Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa (Devolution), Governor Wilber Otichilo (Vihiga), MPs Moses Wetangula (Bungoma), Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), Didmus Barasa (Kimilili) and former Senator Bonny Khalwale.
At the same time, Mr Ruto said the Government was ready to work with Parliament to establish whether the sugar imported into the country was fit for human consumption.
“We will work with Parliament to ensure sugar imported into the country is safe for Kenyans,” said Mr Ruto.
He wondered why the Parliamentary joint Committee on Trade and Agriculture was quick to compile a report demanding action on two Cabinet Secretaries instead of calling for action against those who imported the sugar.
He said the Government was committed to addressing the challenges facing the Mumias sugar factory with a view to transforming the lives of cane farmers in the region.
“We have asked the management of Mumias to come up with a turn around plan for Mumias Sugar Factory. We have already injected Sh 1.4 billion to facilitate operations but ready to do more to improve service delivery of cane farmers from this region,” said Mr Ruto.
MP Khamala said he was ready to work with the Government for the sake of unity and development.
He said politics ended during the last general election, saying it was time leaders focused on matters of development.
“Time for politics is over. We should now as leaders focus our energies on matters of development,” said Mr Khamala.