Deputy President William Ruto has once again dared the so-called deep state/ system, saying it won’t stop his 2022 presidential bid.
Speaking on Tuesday at his Karen home, Ruto said the threats and intimidation by a certain clique referred to as the deep state will not deter him as it didn’t in 2012.
“We are being threatened that there is a “system/ deep state”, that there are people who will steal our votes regardless of how overwhelmingly you vote … there are some people seated somewhere who will decide. I am telling you, we are waiting for these people. That deep state, we are waiting for it,” Ruto told a delegation of community leaders from Kajiado.
“They will come with the system, we will come with the citizens and God,” Ruto said.
The DP added that if he was a coward, he and President Uhuru Kenyatta would not have formed the Jubilee government.
“I was being threatened then and if I was a coward, we would not have formed this Jubilee government. If Uhuru was a coward, we would not have formed this government. We were threatened with various allegations, including our ICC cases, that choices have consequences and that we were not fit for office, which was false. This is exactly what we are being told now,” Ruto said.
The delegation was led by MP Katoo Ole Metito and Senator Mary Seneta.
Ruto’s come shortly after Raila Odinga’s elder brother Oburu Odinga said the ODM leader has ‘the system’ to propel him to the presidency in 2022. Raila is largely seen as Ruto’s main rival in 2022, although he has not personally declared.
We must be steadfast and firm; after all, we are the People. pic.twitter.com/M1LReVxQxh
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) August 11, 2020
Jubile vice chairman David Murathe, a Uhuru mouth piece who has previous said Ruto does not fit to be president, recently endorsed Raila for the top job. His remarks were backed by COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli, another Uhuru ally, and Tony Gachoka, an ally of Raila and Senator Gideon Moi.
This is, however, not the first time Ruto is shooting at the system
In March this year, Ruto said no amount of threats will distract his political ambition.
“I know there is a bigger scheme to destroy my office and ensure I do not go anywhere. The schemers are trying to threaten, undermine and demean my office in a bid to stop me, they may have the system but I have God,” Ruto said during the burial Kipyegon Kenei, a guard in his office.