COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli has come under a scathing attack from a section of Jubilee leaders over his remarks that Deputy President William Ruto’s name will not be on the ballot in the 2022 elections.
The leaders who accompanied the DP for a Sunday service in Kakamega at the same time accused the former premier of sabotaging Jubilee party.
The trade unionist while attending a function in Lamu ignited a political debate when he said Kenyans should not expect DP’s name on the ballot come 2022.
Atwoli further advised Kenyans to support the push for a referendum before the general elections for the sake of peace and stability noting that it’s the only way to ensure inclusivity in government.
He further said it was improper to have a Constitution under which the winner wins takes all.
In a rejoinder, the politicians allied to the DP accused Atwoli of propagating empty rhetoric that is aimed to scuttle his presidential bid.
The MPs associated former premier Raila Odinga with Atwoli utterances warning that the writing was on the wall and Ruto’s bid for the top sit is unstoppable .
On his part Ruto reiterated Jubilee’s commitment to bringing Kenyans together saying politics of division on political and ethnic lines was long gone.
He took issue with a section of leaders who have constantly implied that he will not be on the ballot come 2022. His sentiments were echoed by former Kakamega senator, Bonny Khalwale.
Elsewhere in Nairobi, the political scene was charged with politicians supporting the handshake between the President and NASA leaders are faulting those opposing the new found unity between government and opposition as enemies of progress.
The legislators attending a church service in Nairobi ‘s Mwiki Area, faulted the DP over his claims that Odinga was attempting to rock jubilee party from within.
The MPs who have branded themselves “team handshake” were at ACK church in Mwiki as part of Palm Sunday celebrations.
The Legislators poked holes in the statement accusing MPs allied to the DP of attempting to frustrate the President’s agenda of building cohesion.
The legislators were drawn from both Jubilee and NASA said the country’s stability was guaranteed in the post handshake era and cautioned against scheming to divide the current tranquility.
They cautioned their counterparts against opposing the handshake daring those uncomfortable with the new found friendship with the opposition to exit government.
The DP barely a week ago admitted turning down opposition leader Raila Odinga’s plea for a truce before the latter reconciled with President Uhuru Kenyatta.