Deputy President William Ruto yesterday declared war and vowed to fight off all attempts to stop his State House run in 2022 to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Speaking in his Sugoi home, Ruto said that those who are in Jubilee and are his opponents will find serious political contenders and it would not be a walk in the park for those who are not well prepared.
The DP seemed to be responding to Jubilee vice chairman David Murathe’s claims that Ruto should retire with his boss since he too would have served 10 years under the same ticket.
Murathe also said Jubilee has no presidential candidate and that Rift Valley should forward another candidate instead of Ruto.
“There are people trying to fight me or push me out of Jubilee. I can tell them that I am ready for them,” he said.
The DP said any politician eyeing the top seat in 2022 would have to fight for it. He warned that no amount of endorsement would elevate the prospects of any candidates with no development track record.
“There are those hanging around, waiting for endorsements. How do you expect to be endorsed if you have no agenda or programme for the country?” posed Ruto.
He said candidates should seek leadership through political parties with a national outlook.
“I am ready to battle with anybody. Let my competitors put on the table what they have done for this country,” he said.
Ruto spoke during a meeting of delegations from Bungoma and Busia counties at his Sugoi home in Uasin Gishu.
Leaders in attendance were the Speaker of the Senate Ken Lusaka, Busia governor Sospeter Ojaamong, Bungoma woman representative Catherine Wambilianga, MPs Didmus Barasa (Kimilili) and Dan Wanyama (Webuye West).
Other MPs were James Lusweti (Kabuchai), John Waluke (Sirisia), Bernard Shinali (Ikolomani), Mwambu Mabonga (Bumula), Geoffrey Omuse (Teso South), Oku Kaunya (Teso North) and Oscar Sudi (Kapseret).
The Deputy President invited anyone who wanted to vie against him, saying he was not scared of competition.
Ruto has set his eyes on winning over the populous Luhya vote in the hope that they and the Kalenjin can help propel him to State House.