- Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni says that Ruto is not assured of the Mt Kenya support in 2022 Presidential race.
- Kisii DG Joash Maangi insists that Ruto will traverse the whole country to sell his agenda, and he will not be cowed while in the process.
Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni says Deputy President William Ruto is not assured of the Mt Kenya region vote in 2022 presidential race.
Speaking on Monday during TV47’s Morning Cafe show, the lawmaker said that DP Ruto will be in for a rude shock if he thinks he has already bagged the region’s support.
Kioni’s sentiments come just a day after DP Ruto’s convoy in Narumoru, Nyeri County, was reportedly, momentarily disrupted by rowdy youth.
“He will live to regret it. He will be abandoned by the people of Mt Kenya he will never believe it. If you see people behaving the way they are and you want to get votes from that region you don’t go there,” says Kioni.
The legislator, who claims to have bumped into the DP’s convoy, alleges the mayhem left traders disappointed and blamed Ruto for losses incurred.
Maangi: Ruto will not be cowed
Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi, however, disputes Kioni’s sentiments, saying that DP Ruto will traverse the whole country, even in places where he will meet slight resistance.
“If people are preparing to stop DP Ruto from going to meet people be it in the mountain or elsewhere, what do you want him to do? because if he does not go there then he has given up and has lost. Politics is about people. You must go and meet people,” Maangi says.
Weighing in on the same issue, former National Assembly Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim says DP’s campaign strategies are questionable, hence such outcomes.
“I think the manner in which the DP is trying to sell his campaign is very different from Mudavadi or Kalonzo. When we went out there with Kalonzo we have been told a lot of things that time, including people shouting at our faces ‘we are going for the wheelbarrow’ we reasoned with them, not name call,” Maalim opines.