‘Mashindano sio kati yangu na Raila,’ DP Ruto says on Kibra by-election
Deputy President William Ruto has dismissed claims that the Kibra by election is a supremacy battle between him and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
According to the DP, Kibra residents must be wary of tactics meant to be ‘confuse’ them.
“Watu wasikuje wakawachanganya ati pale Kibra iko mashindano kati ya Raila na Ruto na Musalia na wengine,” he said on Tuesday night.
The DP maintained that the by-election is a contest between MacDonald Mariga (Mariga), Eliud Owalo (ANC), Bernard Imran Okoth (ODM) and the other 22 candidates.
He noted that the contest between party principals would be declared in future adding that the focus should now be on the aspirants for the Kibra MP seat.
Dr. Ruto further assured Kibra residents that the candidate they elect on November 7 to replace the late Ken Okoth will be respected.
“Tunataka mashindano iwe katika hali ya amani bila matusi na bila watu kutupiana maneno au kuleta fujo,” he said.
Dr. Ruto who was speaking at a meeting with members of the Divine Church of Africa led by MCA Solomon Magembe.
ODM lawmaker Aisha Jumwa who was present at the meeting held at Mash Park Hotel to drum up support for Jubilee candidate Mariga said:
“Mimi nataka niwasihi tukitoka hapa tuende na kitabu cha Ufunuo 3:11 kwa sababu yale najua yanafanyika lakini hapa vita ni ya watu kama wawili tu hivi…sasa wao na nyinyi. Mambo ya (Khamisi) Butich mimi nataka niwaambie, sioni kama ni ukweli. The panic is real.”
Butich, who is vying under a Ford Kenya ticket, is among the 24 candidates seeking to be the next Kibra MP.
Jumwa was also referring to Revelations 3:11 that states: “I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.”
Others at the meeting were Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), Emmanuel Wangwe (Navakholo), Nixon Korir (Lang’ata), John Kiarie (Dagoretti South) and Millicent Omanga (Nominated).