Deputy President William Ruto has dared ODM leader Raila Odinga and his Wiper counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka to unite against him as the quest for statehouse hots up ahead of the 2022 General Election.
Speaking in Makueni on Saturday, June 12, DP Ruto advised the two to be more careful adding that they should not just unite for the sake of defeating him but should have a good agenda for the common man.
“They must first have an agenda for Kenya. You cannot just unite merely because you want to defeat somebody,” Ruto said.
The former Eldoret North MP advised the two to first form a single party than operating under an alliance which might most likely collapse after the General Election.
While challenging Raila and Kalonzo to have a better agenda for Kenyan, Ruto said the the Hustler Nation has the bottom-up economic approach as the main agenda which will see Kenya stop relying on Chinese loans if elected.
“As a hustler movement, we have an agenda for the transformation of our nation and that is why we are changing our economic model so that it’s no longer a trickle dawn but bottom-up approach that will expand the number of taxpayers in Kenya to raise money that can develop the whole country without borrowing loans from China to grow,” Ruto said.
Ruto’s remarks come barely a day after the former prime minister and the former Vice president hinted at reviving the once powerful NASA coalition to counter Ruto’s quest for the presidency.
The pair tried its luck to succeed Mwai Kibabi in 2013 but was overpowered by Uhu-Ruto, a similar trend that was repeated during the 2017 General Election.
Kitui governor Charity Ngilu yesterday called on the two leaders to unite once more if they wanted to fulfill their ambitions of succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta who is retiring in August 2022.
“We must accept and work with Raila so that we beat Ruto [in the 2022 presidential election],” she said.
Ngilu’s remarks were warmly welcomed by opposition leader Raila Odinga who said he will work together with Kalonzo to ensure they defeat pretenders (William Ruto) eying the country’s top job.
“There is no way we can disagree with Kalonzo. We shall work together to defeat pretenders eying the country’s top seat,” said former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
According to Ngilu, there was no other line-up apart from Raila-Kalonzo that could defeat the Hustler Movement in the much-anticipated 2022 General Election.
“If Kalonzo (Musyoka) and Raila (Odinga) fail to unite ahead of 2022, then (William) Ruto’s chances of success will be high,” she opined.
Speaking at the same event, Kalonzo nicknamed ‘Water Mellon’ said he was working with Raila to revive the National Super Alliance (NASA) ahead of the 2022 polls.
“We are still working on something and soon the outcome will be known. We off course have NASA because the principals have not disbanded it,” Musyoka said.