William Ruto says 2022 race between those who believe in God and witchcraft
Rene Otinga|April. 14, 2019
- Ruto said the race for presidency was between two groups - believers in God and those who practise witchcraft
- He spoke at the back of sentiments from COTU boss Francis Atwoli who completely trashed the DP's chances of becoming president
- Atwoli stated on Saturday April 13 that Ruto would not even make it to the ballot
- But the DP, in a rejoinder. hit back claiming those uttering such sentiments could only be practising witchcraft
Deputy President William Ruto was not going to stay quiet after Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) boss Francis Atwoli completely dismissed his chances at Presidency in 2022.
Even as Jubilee-allied leaders continue to attack Atwoli for his remarks, Ruto has taken to defend himself against the onslaught from his critics.
While addressing faithful on Sunday at the Salvation Army Citadel in Kakamega County, DP Ruto described Atwoli’s remarks as witchcraft, adding that leaders making such sentiments require prayers.
“In this country right now, the contest is between two groups; those who believe in God and those who believe in witchcraft. When you hear someone saying that he has been told by witch-doctors that a certain person will be on ballot and the other will not… it tells you a lot about where the country is right now," he said amid applause from the congretation.
Ruto was joined by other leaders including Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, Governor Ferdinand Waititu (Kiambu), MPs Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), Bernard Shinali (Ikolomani), Malulu Injendi (Malava), Emmanuel Wangwe (Navakholo), Dan Wanyama (Webuye West), Charles Gimose (Hamisi), Didmus Barasa (Kimilili), John Waluke (Sirisia) and former MP Bonny Khalwale.
The DP urged Jubilee leaders to ignore alarmists who do not want to see the lives of Kenyans transformed.
He said Jubilee’s development record was unprecedented in the country’s history, noting that Kenyans were interested in development conscious leaders and not those engaging in rhetoric.
On the question of drought ravaging the country, the Deputy President asked Christians to pray for rains, saying farmers rely on rains for their crops and livestock.
“Pray for the rains and for our leaders to always do good for the country,”
Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu said opposition was taking advantage of the March handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Odinga to wreck the Jubilee Party from within.
It marked an end to yet another round of war of words between leaders who were for the DP and those who were keen on seeing him falter in his quest for the top job.
Atwoli on Saturday did not mince his words when he blatantly claimed Ruto not only stood no chance at presidency in 2022, but he also would not be in the ballot.
Comments like that were always going to provoke a response from a string of leaders including Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri who now claims there is an assassination plot against the DP.
Others like Majority leader Aden Duale called out Atwoli for his "reckless" sentiments despite his vast experience in the Kenyan political arena.
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