A close ally of Deputy President William Ruto has responded after former Jubilee vice chairman David Murathe said President Uhuru Kenyatta will not hand over power to a thief after 2022 general election.
Speaking during a Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rally in Meru on Saturday, Murathe, a fierce critic of Ruto, said when Uhuru retires in 2022 after serving his second and final term, he will not leave a thief at the State House.
“Hatutauziwa uoga, Uhuru hataachia mwizi kiti. (We will not be intimidated, Uhuru will not be leaving power to a thief)” he told a charged crowd that assembled at Kinoru stadium.
Murathe, who is a former Gatanga Member of Parliament, was seemingly firing shots at Ruto, who he has repeatedly said should be blocked from the race to the State House, over alleged links to corruption.
Reacting to the sentiments, Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruyoit, a close ally of the DP, hit out at Murathe and termed him, together with COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli, as a ‘drunkards’ who were out to sabotage the culture of handing over power peacefully to presidential poll winners.
“The only thing that has worked perfectly in our nascent democracy is the peaceful transfer of power after elections. Drunkards like Murathe and Atwoli shouldn’t be allowed to defile this culture in pursuit of their stomach’s needs,” Cheruiyot tweeted.
In his remarks Atwoli said Kenyans should pray that Ruto doesn’t become the next president since he will allegedly entrench the culture of corruption and bankrupt the country.
“I’m a catholic and am requesting my church to pray that that office (DP’s) doesn’t take over power…. they will put the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) on their backs and run away with it,” the veteran trade unionist claimed.