You have our full sup­port in 2022, Kindiki tells DP Ruto

It will be our way of show­ing grat­i­tude for sup­port­ing Uhuru for two terms, says the sen­a­tor from Tharaka Nithi. He hints that Ruto’s run­ning mate should be from Cen­tral

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - JOHN KA­MAU @jaykayGm

Cen­tral Kenya will un­con­di­tion­ally sup­port Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto’s 2022 pres­i­den­tial bid, Se­nate ma­jor­ity leader Kithure Kindiki has said.

He said Ruto de­serves to­tal sup­port from the Mt Kenya re­gion since he has worked cor­dially with Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta to pro­mote peace­ful co­ex­is­tence.

“We will vote for Ruto with­out a doubt when the time comes. No one should bring any in­trigues about it. It will be our way of show­ing grat­i­tude for sup­port­ing Uhuru for two terms,” the sen­a­tor from Tharaka Nithi said.

Kindiki hinted, how­ever, that Ruto’s run­ning mate should come from the re­gion, a mat­ter he said is sub­ject to ne­go­ti­a­tion.

DEF­I­NITELY SUP­PORT HIM

“Our work­ing re­la­tions with our broth­ers from the Rift Val­ley and the coun­try at large will be main­tained for we will seek to be part of the Ruto-led gov­ern­ment. Thus, we will sit and de­cide who will be best suited to deputise Ruto,” he said.

Kindiki spoke on Satur­day in Thika dur­ing a fundraiser for the fam­ily of Thika Town MP Alice Ng’ang’a’s aide Eliud Gathangira, who died in a road ac­ci­dent last week. Gathangira has left be­hind a widow and two young chil­dren. The MPs present paid glow­ing trib­ute to him.

MP Es­ther Gathogo said, “We shall hold dis­cus­sions on the other po­lit­i­cal seats, but we shall def­i­nitely sup­port Ruto for pres­i­dent in 2022.” She dis­missed as base­less the no­tion that peo­ple from the Mt Kenya re­gion can only vote for one of their own.

About three months ago, Ki­ambu Gov­er­nor Wil­liam Kabogo said the peo­ple of Cen­tral will not au­to­mat­i­cally sup­port Ruto to suc­ceed Uhuru, but he re­canted the state­ment. The MPs present at the fundraiser were Ki­ambu’s Jude Njomo, Fer­di­nand Waititu of Ka­bete and Ng’ang’a.

/DPPS

Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto un­veils a plaque to of­fi­cially open the lab­o­ra­tory block at Mary­hill Girls’ High School , Thika, on Fri­day

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