Gideon Moi urges William Ruto to hold his horses on 2022 politics, give Uhuru space to work
Jacob Onyango|May. 13, 2019
- Gideon said time for 2022 succession politics had not yet arrived and urged leaders to be patient
- The senator urged politicians to give the president space so he can focus on development
- He also called on leaders to support Uhuru and Raila's handshake saying the two leaders mean well for the country
Baringo senator Gideon Moi has once again taken a swipe at Deputy President William Ruto accusing him of conducting premature 2022 succession politics.
The KANU party chairman who is perceived to be a member of the Team Kieleweke faction of the Jubilee party and a 2022 presidential hopeful argued the early campaigns are distracting President Uhuru Kenyatta's development agenda.
Speaking in Imenti North constituency in Meru county where he and several members of the Team Kieleweke squad had gone to attend a church service on Sunday, May 12, Gideon called on leaders to shun endless politics and support the president.
"Please this is not the time for politics. We are asking you to help President Uhuru Kenyatta (in implementing the Big Four agenda).
Time will come when we will all take off our gloves and go to the battle field," said the senator who was accompanied by nominated MP Maina Kamanda, Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu among others.
Gideon also called on the local politicians to support Uhuru and Opposition leader Raila Odinga's Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), commonly known as the handshake, saying the two leaders mean well for Kenyans.
"I believe the president and the Rt Hon Raila Odinga have the interest of Kenyans at heart, so we should support them," he said.
Although the president himself has repeatedly warned leaders against premature 2022 succession politics to give room for development and service delivery, that is yet to happen as leaders from both sides of the political divide continue to traverse the country to push their political agendas.
Among the issues fueling the early campaigns are the renewed push for a referendum to amend the Constitution and the ongoing war on corruption.
Whereas the Tanga Tanga team led by Ruto believes war on graft is a political witch-hunt meant to frustrate the DP's 2022 presidential bid, the Kieleweke camp associated with Uhuru and supported by Raila's allies insists fighting corruption is a noble war.
The two sides have also locked horns on whether or not the Constitution should be amended and if so what issues should be focused on.
The handshake is yet another point of departure and the DP has on different occasions expressed his reservations on why he is not fully supporting the initiative, which he seems to believe could be a plot to stop him from ascending to power in 2022.