Deputy President William Ruto has told off the opposition CORD and termed the coalition as one that can never win an election.
The Deputy President who spoke when a delegation from Kakamega and Bungoma Counties called on him at his Sugoi home, the Deputy President said the Opposition was busy discussing personalities at the expense of development, noting that the CORD coalition cannot win any election if its agenda is discussing him.
He said CORD had no agenda about the country but was only interested in talking about “William Ruto”.
“When they wake up in the morning, they talk about William Ruto and harambees he is conducting. How is that their business and how is it beneficial to Kenyans?” He asked.
Ruto said discussing personalities and engaging in meaningless press conferences will not help CORD in its pursuit for power.
At the same, Mr Ruto said he would meet Kenyans as that was his democratic right.
The Deputy President dismissed leaders opposed to his move to meet Kenyans from different parts of the country.
He said those opposing his meetings had sensed they were losing supporters to Jubilee. “No reasonable leader who believes in democracy would like to criminalize meeting of Kenyans in any part of the country,” said Mr. Ruto.
“We are a democratic country and citizens can visit any leader in any part of the country without restriction,” he added and said nothing would stop him from meeting Kenyans from any part of the country noting that it was his democratic right.
Ruto said he is confident that the Jubilee administration will win next year’s General Election because it has a clear development agenda for Kenyans. “This is why we are clear in our minds that the Jubilee administration will win the next election and there is no doubt about it,” added the Deputy President.
The Deputy President said unlike the Opposition, the Jubilee administration was committed to the transformational agenda it began in 2013 after forming the Government.
“Kenyans are keen to electing leaders who are ready to embrace everyone and fight tribalism. This is what the Jubilee administration is all about,” said Ruto.
The meeting was attended by among others MPs Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), Dan Wanyama (Webuye West), Boniface Otsyula (Bumula), Emmanuel Wangwe (Navokholo), Bernard Washiali (Ikolomani) and Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka. Others were former MPs Noah Wekesa, Wycliffe Osundwa, Manyala Keya and Justus Kizito.
The MPs dismissed critics of Jubilee Party warning members of the Luhya community that they would remain in the Opposition unless they embrace the new party.
Kizito told off former Prime Minister Raila Odinga over his claims that the Deputy President had induced a section of the Luhya community to join the Jubilee Party. “We want Raila Odinga to tell us how much he has paid Senators Bonny Khalwale and Moses Wetangula to remain in CORD, if he believes Luhya leaders can be bought,” said former MP.
Kizito announced his defection from the Amani National Congress (ANC) to the Jubilee Party.
“For how long will we continue to isolate ourselves from the rest of Kenyans who are in leadership? It is time we say no to politics based on ethnicity and join the new party,” said Mr. Wanyama.
“We should learn from our past mistakes and know that no single community can ascend to power without the support of other communities. Let’s embrace Jubilee Party for the sake of unity and development,” said Otsyula.
Washiali and Mr. Wangwe dismissed the notion by Mr Khalwale that the Jubilee administration was using junior Luhya leaders as its point men in seeking for support from the community come 2017 elections.
“We cannot be induced by money as leaders but want to discuss about the future of our community which has been in Opposition for a long time,” said Wangwe.
Osundwa said it was a “joke of the highest order” for some individuals to claim that some people have been bribed to embrace the new Jubilee Party. “Anybody who says some people have been bought so that they can chat their political future is desperate,” said Osundwa.