Keep your prom­ise and back Ruto in 2022, Mt Kenya urged

Keri­cho Gov­er­nor Paul Chep­kwony says the Kalen­jins have fully sup­ported Uhuru since 2013, and it would be sad if the Kikuyus sup­port an­other can­di­date

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - FELIX KIPKEMOI @fkye­gon

Keri­cho Gov­er­nor Paul Chep­kwony has warned the Kikuyu com­mu­nity against reneg­ing on its prom­ise to sup­port Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto in 2022.

He said the Kalen­jin com­mu­nity banks on Mt Kenya to en­sure Ruto be­comes pres­i­dent.

Speak­ing at St Theresa Catholic Church, Mo­gogosiek, in Konoin on Sun­day, Chep­kwony said the Kalen­jins will fully sup­port Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta next year.

“We are now fully in Ju­bilee [Party] and be­hind Uhuru and Ruto. But in 2022, as per our agree­ment, we will want Mt Kenya to re­cip­ro­cate the ges­ture by back­ing us. We have no doubt they will do it,” he said.

Chep­kwony warned the re­gion that if it does not “give back” by sup­port­ing the DP, such will be met with se­ri­ous reper­cus­sions.

The gov­er­nor said they have fully sup­ported Uhuru since 2013, and it would be sad if Mt Kenya does not ful­fil its prom­ise to back Ruto by en­dors­ing an­other can­di­date. NO AU­TO­MATIC PRES­I­DENT Some Mt Kenya lead­ers have said Ruto will not au­to­mat­i­cally be the next pres­i­dent after Uhuru.

Ki­ambu Gov­er­nor Wil­liam Kabogo and nom­i­nated Se­na­tor Paul Njoroge have openly said the DP should not ex­pect au­to­matic sup­port.

Their re­marks have been dis­missed by sev­eral Mt Kenya lead­ers. Konoin MP Sammy Koech urged the Kalen­jin com­mu­nity to re­spect the DP as their de facto leader, just like other com­mu­ni­ties, and stop fight­ing him.

He said Ruto’s suc­cess will only be achieved if the re­gion ig­nores un­nec­es­sary neg­a­tive at­tacks on his per­son­al­ity.

Koech said the re­gion is fully in the Ju­bilee Party, con­trary to claims that it has joined Bomet Gov­er­nor Isaac Rutto’s Chama Cha Mashinani. The gov­er­nor is Ruto’s ally turned critic.

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