Ag­wambo can’t beat us, we want an­other can­di­date, says Ruto

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Presidency -

Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto has said Ju­bilee Party will send op­po­si­tion leader Raila Odinga into the early re­tire­ment should he run against Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta at the 2017 elec­tion.

He the op­po­si­tion is “too weak” to com­pete against the gov­ern­ment and chal­lenged Raila to look for an al­ter­na­tive can­di­date. Ruto spoke in Kisii town on Sun­day.

He has been on a charm of­fen­sive in op­po­si­tion strongholds and has been in South Nyanza three times in the past two weeks.

“I don’t see Ag­wambo beat­ing us in 2017. He failed to do so in 2013, when we were not even in gov­ern­ment. We will send him to early re­tire­ment should he in­sist on run­ning against us be­cause we are much more or­gan­ised than his team,” Ruto said

“He is a statesman. I don’t want him to be em­bar­rassed. Let him give us an al­ter­na­tive can­di­date to face us.”

The DP said Ju­bilee will con­tinue in­vad­ing op­po­si­tion strongholds, say­ing Kenyans are tired of “the pol­i­tics of di­vi­sions and rhetoric”.

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DP Wil­liam Ruto chats with Kisii Se­na­tor Chris obure and Ki­tutu Chache MP Jimmy Ang­wenyi dur­ing a church ser­vice in Nyabu­ruru, Kisii, last Sun­day

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