Deputy president William Ruto has said that he will win in the upcoming 2022 presidential elections against his opponents. Mr. Ruto said he has faced far more formidable opponents in the past and that Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta‘s coalition will not stand a chance of stopping Ruto from forming the government in 2022.
Ruto said he was ready for whatever the “Deep State” have in store for him as far as the 2022 elections were concerned.
“They may have the ‘system’ but I want to tell them we have God. They might have to kill me because I am not going back. Kenya belongs to everyone. Threats and schemes will not work. I know that this is not all they have, they still have plans against me but I am ready for it,” Ruto said
Ruto’s comments come a couple of days after David Murathe endorsed former Prime Minister Raila Odinga for the presidency in the next elections. Mr. Murathe said that Kenyans should prepare for a Raila Odinga presidency as the whole of Mount Kenya block was backing the former prime minister.
Mr. Odinga is widely seen to be gearing towards a possible referendum slated to take place later this year in December. The referendum is needed in order to change the constitution so that the office of the prime minister can be reintroduced after being discontinued prior to Uhuru Kenyatta’s election in to the presidency in 2013. If Mr. Odinga gets his wish of changing the constitution, it is thought that Raila Odinga will vie for the ceremonial role of the president while Mr.Kenyatta will be reserved the powerful role of the prime minister.
It is not known who will be the deputy prime minister or deputy president for that matter. But there has been rumors that Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka will be the deputy president while CS Fred Matiang’i will be the deputy prime minister.
Of course the Kenyan public will have the last say whether they want the constitution changed or not. Should the Kenyans reject the attempt to change the constitution, Uhuru Kenyatta will be sent into mandatory retirement while Raila Odinga can still run for the presidency.
Just like Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga’s confidence about their ability to win the 2022 election, Mr. Ruto is also adamant that he will be able to emerge victorious in 2022. The deputy president feels that he stand a better chance of forming the next government as he feels that the setbacks he faces now are nowhere near what the situation was back in 2013.
“We were told that choices have consequences, that we were unsuitable because we had cases at The Hague and yet the charges were fabrications. We are waiting for that deep state, they will come with their ‘system’ and we will come with the people and God,” the deputy president exclaimed.
The “choices have consequences” phrase the deputy president is referring to comes from Johhnie Carson’s words during the 2013 elections. Mr. Carson was then the U.S. Assistant of Secretary of State and was against Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto running for office as they were wanted in the Hague to answer charges of crimes against human related to the 2007/08 post-election violence.
“It is the same thing we are being told right now. We are being warned that there is a system, a deep state and people who will steal our votes. That even if you vote, there are people who will decide who wins,” Ruto said.