DP Ruto confident that he will win 2022 presidential election
Deputy President William Ruto has dismissed the clamour for constitutional change in the country.
The country’s second-in-command differed with his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta who said the country was in a constitutional moment since 2017.
Ruto insisted the country was in dire need of economic transformation and required solutions for the unemployment crisis.
The deputy president was in the larger Machakos County with several rallies in Machakos and Mwala constituencies.
With nine months to the next general elections, the DP pitched his bottom up economic model and hustler movement crusade.
Fresh from the State of the Nation address, Ruto differed with President Kenyatta once again, the flashpoint being the constitution review process.
With the president still hopeful of constitutional changes enshrined in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) to be effected in one way or the other, his deputy remained defiant reading from a different script.
“Hata kama tumechanganyikiwa kiasi gani, what is the priority for us as a nation? Is to create positions for leaders or jobs for young people of the republic of Kenya? That is the decision we have to make,” he said.
The president described the collapse of BBI as a key national loss saying it robbed the country the opportunity to resolve the challenge of lack of equality in representation and sharing of the national cake.
A move the DP described as a self preservation plot by a clique of self seeking leaders who want leadership positions.
“Wanasema wanataka kwanza wabadilishe katiba waongeze vyeo na mamlaka ya viongozi…mimi nimewaambia hiyo kazi ya katiba ingoje tubadilishe kwanza uchumi tupange ajira na biashara ya hawa watu wa hapa chini,” said the DP.
The deputy president pledged Ksh.100 billion for agro processing, value addition and housing to create job opportunities for the millions of unemployed youth in the country.
Ruto also vowed his government would allocate Ksh.50 billion to spur growth of small and medium sized enterprises, if elected president.
The deputy president fashioned next year’s presidential contest as a battle between performers and those offering lip service.
“Hii mashindano sio ya urembo ni ya kazi, hao mimi nashindana na wao kazi yao hapa Machakos iko wapi?” He posed.
Facing opposition chief Raila Odinga on one hand and the One Kenya Alliance on the other, the DP was bullish daring his opponents to a contest.
“Huyu mtu asiwasumbue, si mnajua alishindana na Moi, Kibaki, na Uhuru…na hawa wote walishinda yeye, sasa nyinyi mkipima, huyu mtu kweli anawezana na hustler?”Posed Ruto.