Deputy President William Ruto has rubbished COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli’s claims that he will not be on the presidential ballot in the 2022 elections.
Speaking on Sunday in Kakamega County, DP Ruto termed the remarks witch craft, adding that people who shared such sentiments need 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.
“But just pray for such people so that they can seek the kingdom of God first and stop these other things messing up the country, ” said Ruto.
The DP was addressing faithfuls at the Salvation Army Citadel. He was in the company of Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, Former Senator Boni Khalwale among other leaders.
On Saturday, during a fundraiser for Lamu Women’s SACCO, Atwoli said DP Ruto won’t be on the ballot come 2022.
“In 2022, we shall go to elections to elect the president and you will vote a lot. It will be a peaceful election because we will have changed the constitution,” Atwoli explained, adding that this move will ensure that the hustler’s close allies will be kicked out of government.
“And I want to tell you one thing, William Samoei Ruto’s name will not be there. You can take it to the bank for free,” he stated amidst cheers from the crowd,” he continued.
He in the same breath noted that Ruto’s new ally and former Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale will never succeed Wycliffe Oparanya.
“Boni Khalwale will never be the governor of Kakamega County; he will die a beggar,” he stated.
The comments come a week after he asked DP Ruto to declare his stand on Huduma Namba.
He claimed the DP and his Tanga Tanga camp were yet to root for the registration exercise.
The DP has since registered for Huduma Namba quelling the speculations.