Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has warned Kenyans against voting for Deputy President William Ruto in the much-awaited 2022 presidential elections due to his love for politics of tokenism
The 1997 presidential candidate claimed Ruto has little understanding of the plight of Kenyans besides being a master of dishing handouts.
“My efforts are not anti- (William) Ruto, Kenyans need to look at somebody who understands the plight of people in the counties, not on handouts (like William Ruto),” Charity Ngilu said.
Charity Ngilu, who was speaking during a live TV interview on Tuesday, June 22, further said William Ruto lacks the leadership skills necessary for taking Kenya forward.
“…but the bottom-up approach of giving people handouts is not a bottom-up approach to development. If you are the leader who gives people handouts then you are the worst leader,” she added.
The Kitui governor, who recently accused Ruto of focusing too much on his 2022 presidential ambitions thus derailing government agenda, urged the former Agriculture minister to create employment opportunities and teach youths how to get the money themselves instead of dishing handouts to them.
“Let him come and teach young people how to do something for themselves not to give them money so that they think he is doing a good job. That is a terrible thing for a leader to do,” Ngilu said.
William Ruto and Charity Ngilu were very close friends and worked together alongside Raila Odinga in the highly disputed 2007 presidential elections but the relationship seems to have hit rock-bottom over the years.
Speaking during the burial of former Kibwezi MP Kalembe Ndile, Ngilu urged ODM leader Raila Odinga and his Wiper counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka to unite ahead of the 2022 General Election saying that was the strongest line-up that could stop Ruto’s dream of succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“If Kalonzo Musyoka and Raila Odinga fail to unite ahead of 2022, then William Ruto’s chances of success will be high. We must accept and work with Raila so that we beat Ruto in the 2022 presidential election,” Ngilu said.