By Olivia Mungwana
Deputy President William Ruto has reacted After President Kenyatta backed Raila Odinga for the presidency.
Ruto said he acknowledges Kenyatta’s decision to support his major rival in the 2022 presidential election, but he challenges Odinga to stop hiding behind Kenyatta.
“I voted for Uhuru, I campaigned for him and Odinga has never voted or campaigned for President Kenyatta, but I am okay with his decision to support that one person that has never voted for him,” Ruto stated while on a trip of the Ukambani region.
He further said: “However, Odinga should remember that I am not competing with Uhuru, I am competing with him, let him come out and face me.”
The deputy president also expressed confidence to defeat Odinga, who is running for the presidency for the sixth time under the ‘Azimio La Umoja’ movement.
“And everyone should come up with their plan and agenda and let the people of Kenya decide who they want as their leader. Surely, do you think Odinga will defeat me? I am sure that early in the morning on the 9th of August, we will put him on a wheelbarrow and send him to his village in Bondo,” stated Ruto.
During a meeting at Sagana State Lodge on Wednesday, Kenyatta expressed his support for Odinga and encouraged the Mt. Kenya region to unify behind the ODM leader.