Lawyer Nick Ruto has waded into the murky waters of betrayal politics, indirectly attacking President Uhuru Kenyatta for betraying his father and Deputy President William Samoei Ruto.
In a thinly-veiled attack through a post on his official social media account, Nick reminded President Kenyatta that he needed his father to defeat the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader, Raila Odinga, in the 2013 and 2017 elections.
Nick argued that President Kenyatta could not have defeated the five National Super Alliance (NASA) principals if his father did not actively campaign for him and shelve his own presidential ambitions in the two elections.
The DP’s son went on to express his disappointment in the President, who is now seen to be favouring Raila Odinga as his successor in the 2022 polls.
He further accused the Head of State of actively mobilizing six principals to support Raila to face off with DP Ruto in the 2022 polls despite having promised to back the second in command’s ambitions.
The DP’s son in his Saturday, November 6, post affirmed that his father will still emerge victorious when the country goes to the polls on August 9, 2022.
“He needed one man to beat five principals. But today, he is desperately organizing six principals to defeat the same one-man B,” the lawyer stated.
“This one-man will mercilessly beat them on the ballot. Some struggles are too hard.”
His sentiments on President Kenyatta mobilizing former NASA principals to support Raila come amid revelations by One Kenya Alliance (OKA) leaders that they were being forced into supporting former Prime Minister’s presidential bid.
Speaking in Githurai on Sunday, October 31, 2021, the principals, however, made it clear that they will not be coerced into backing anyone for the Head of State job.
They further noted that they are preparing to unveil their flagbearer for the top seat in two months’ time. In his address, Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader, Musalia Mudavadi, disclosed that only Kenyans have the power to choose the leaders they wanted.
Other political leaders have asked President Kenyatta to steer clear of 2022 succession politics.
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria accused the President of attempting to impose Raila on the people, stating that it will not work.
“Some things can never
be, for example, trying to make Raila President. Impossible work! You are better off crushing stones in a quarry,” Kuria stated.
He further urged President Kenyatta to allow Kenyans to decide their next leader without coercion. Kuria stated that the much the President could offer the country as he exits his office was his blessings.