[SIZE=7]Kalonzo: Ruto Rigged 2017 Poll Without Uhuru’s Knowledge[/SIZE]
[li]By DERRICK OKUBASU on 17 April 2022 - 2:28 pm[/li]
Deputy President William Ruto (left) and Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka (right)
Wiper Party Kalonzo Musyoka has sensationally claimed that Deputy President William Ruto was the sole mastermind behind the 2013 and 2017 election rigging.
Speaking during his latest tour in Kajiado County on Saturday, April 16, Kalonzo claimed that President Uhuru Kenyatta did not participate in the rigging.
He further argued that his scheme was evident during the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) nominations in which several aspirants have threatened to leave after claims of irregularities emerged.
"I stood with Raila in 2013 and Ruto rigged. In 2017, Ruto also still rigged… What I have come to understand is that Uhuru did not rig our elections, it was Ruto.
President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) greets his deputy William Ruto (right)
“You have seen the rigging in their (United Democratic Alliance) nominations here in your area,” argued the former Vice President.
While drumming up support for the Azimio la Umoja Movement headed by Raila Odinga, Kalonzo further noted that the team had partnered with Uhuru to scuttle the DP.
“Because of the theft of the elections in 2017 and 2013, 2022, we have partnered with Uhuru, Ruto cannot rig us out anymore,” added Musyoka.
Ruto, on the other hand, has, however, dismissed claims that he participated in the 2017 elections rigging and also sanitized the name of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
As latest as mid-February 2022, the Deputy President demanded respect for the Head of State arguing that in both elections, they had campaigned hard and that their wins were well deserved.
“There are people claiming Uhuru stole votes. They were nowhere when we were campaigning for Uhuru. They must respect the President.
“The people who are talking out loud did nothing to win votes for Uhuru. I did the most campaigns for Uhuru, and I know we won the election fairly. I am not yet tired of seeking this mandate," he explained at the time.
Uhuru and his deputy are now on different political divides this political season with the Head of State supporting Raila while Ruto seeking the top office via the Kenya Kwanza alliance.
In other Watermelon News, Central Organisations of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli has opined that Wiper Democratic Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka is messing his chance of being fronted as Raila Odinga’s running mate.
Speaking in Khwisero Sub County on Saturday, April 16, Atwoli stated that too many demands being issued by Kalonzo through his cronies would bottle up his opportunity of being picked in the Azimio la Umoja Kenya Kwanza presidential lineup.
The COTU boss further castigated Kalonzo noting that his too many public demands had triggered unwanted tension in the coalition.
Atwoli instead advised the former Vice President to seek dialogue with top Azimio leaders including President Uhuru Kenyatta and the ODM leader to iron out the thorny issues in the coalition.
COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli
"I know Kalonzo as an important figure in the coalition and he should focus on building confidence and make people vote for the coalition.
Too many conditions will make someone who was to give him deputy president position think twice,” he stated.
Atwoli maintained that Kalonzo should desist from staging sideshows but instead stick to his promise of supporting Raila for the presidential seat unconditionally.
The vocal leader insisted that Azimio’s main target was to clinch the presidency seat during the August polls.
Atwoli’s sentiments come after the conflict started brewing within the movement - with Kalonzo allies led by Kitui South Senator Enoch Wambua and former Transport CAS Wavinya Ndeti demanding that Raila picks Wiper leader as his running mate.
However, while hosting Raila at a church event in the Mwingi West constituency, the former Vice President stated he was comfortable with whichever decision the coalition made.
He noted that Kenya’s future was more important than individual political positions, pouring cold water on recent remarks by Deputy President William Ruto that Odinga had reneged on a deal to support Musyoka in this year’s presidential election.
“I want to say it here categorically that whatever formation you come up with, it is time for Raila to become the President of Kenya. I commend you for resilience and your ability to stand strong for many years,” Kalonzo stated.
[B]Benson Kyalo Mailu[/B]
Kalonzo messed up the day he decided to overtake the three ukambani governor’s in Rush to beat them for big piece in Azimio after he thought or advised to join the jubilee side of the coalition which was a bait for the wiper team the number two should be forgotten if he wants to help Raila but not jubilee ODM has it’s plans for the day and trying to change them can be a disaster for the top seat and that’s why my waiting president must tred carefully