Deputy President, Willam Ruto, on Friday, January 28, unveiled Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) boss Francis Atwoli’s wife as a member of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
While addressing a crowd in Bungoma, Ruto handed the microphone to Atwoli’s second wife, Rosalinda Simiyu, and asked her to introduce herself.
However, the DP also seized the moment to also take a swipe at his perennial rival, one whom they have traded barbs in public for years.
“Huyu ni bibi ya ule jamaa wa nyororo(She is the wife of that guy who loves wearing chains),” Ruto trolled Atwoli who is famous for adoring jewellery and living a lavish lifestyle.
Rosalinda acknowledged that she is indeed Atwoli’s wife and revealed that she is supporting Ruto’s presidential bid.
“My name is Roslinda Simiyu. My husband is known as Francis Atwoli. I am inside the hustler movement,” she remarked.
Rosalinda’s announcement caught many people surprise since Ruto and Atwoli do not see eye to eye.
The COTU boss has on several occasions stated that the UDA leader will not be Kenya’s 5th president and vowed to campaign against him.
On August 8, 2021, Atwoli warned Kenyans against voting for Ruto, who is seeking to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta, claiming that the DP lacked the integrity required to lead the country and that all odds were against him.
He also asked Kenyans to support Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga’s bid to unite the nation ahead of next year’s elections.
“I beseech Kenyans to stop gambling at political odds. Ruto won’t make it. I am not seeing how,” he stated.
Atwoli has many children and three known wives, Jenifer Atwoli, Rosalinda Simiyu and Mary Kilobi, a KTN News anchor.