Run in 2017 in­stead, you have paid your debt, Salat tells Ruto

He termed Fri­day’s re­marks by Nairobi Se­na­tor Mike Sonko that he was the act­ing Pres­i­dent an ‘abom­i­na­tion’. He says lead­ers should re­spect the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent

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

Kanu sec­re­tary gen­eral Nick Salat has urged Deputy Pres­i­dent William Ruto to run for Pres­i­dent next year.

“Go for it. We have no more debts with any­one,” he said.

Salat said since the com­mu­nity sup­ported Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta in 2013, Ruto should ask for the Kikuyus sup­port in 2017.

He spoke at Koibe­yon AGC in Bomet East on Sun­day dur­ing a fundraiser.

The Ju­bilee Party has al­ready picked Uhuru as its flag­bearer for next year. Ruto will run for Pres­i­dent in 2022.

In July, the Deputy Pres­i­dent urged Baringo Se­na­tor Gideon Moi to sup­port his pres­i­den­tial bid in 2022.

ABOM­I­NA­TION

Salat termed Fri­day’s re­marks by Nairobi Se­na­tor Mike Sonko, that he was the act­ing Pres­i­dent, an “abom­i­na­tion”.

He said Sonko’s re­marks dur­ing a fu­neral in Machakos county amounted to dis­re­spect for the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent.

Salat said lead­ers should re­spect the pres­i­dency, as the top­most of­fice in the land. He said if this is not checked, it might evolve into “some­thing bad”. Salat said the gov­ern­ment should not ig­nore the re­marks.

“The Pres­i­dent’s seat is sa­cred and if what we are wit­ness­ing is any­thing to go by, then we are al­most asking our­selves who is the Pres­i­dent of this coun­try?” Salat said.

PRO­TECT PRES­I­DENCY

“The other time it was a singer sit­ting on the Pres­i­dent’s seat, which has never hap­pened be­fore.” He said Uhuru should rise to the oc­ca­sion and pro­tect the pres­i­dency.

The haram­bee was at­tended by Bomet Gover­nor Isaac Rutto, Kenya Na­tional Union of Teach­ers sec­re­tary gen­eral Wil­son Sos­sion and chair­man Mudzo Nzili, John Ma­tiang’i (na­tional trea­surer) and Kup­pet sec­re­tary gen­eral Akello Misori.

/CHARLES KI­MANI/DPPS

Deputy Pres­i­dent William Ruto (right) dur­ing the Baringo ASK show on Oc­to­ber 14

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