Ruto Fires Back After Atwoli Eliminates Him From 2022 Ballot

  • Deputy President William Ruto on Sunday responded to COTU Secretary General's remarks that he would not be on the ballot come 2022. 

    He was speaking to a congregation at the  Salvation Army Citadel in Kakamega County where he dismissed Atwoli's prediction. 

    He accused the vocal long-serving trade unionist of using witchcraft to tell the future. 

    Deputy President William Ruto dancing at the Salvation Army Citadel, Kakamega County

    “In this country right now, the contest is between two groups; those who believe in God and those who believe in witchcraft.

    "When you hear someone saying that he has been told by witch-doctors that a certain person will be on the ballot and the other will not...it tells you a lot about where the country is right now," Ruto stated. 

    The DP added that he would pray for the COTU boss to seek the Kingdom of God. 

    Atwoli's statement elicited much reaction from DP Ruto's camp with some accusing the 69-year old workers' rights champion of plotting to kill Ruto. 

    "The threat by Atwoli that WSR will not be on the ballot come 2022 shouldn't be taken lightly. The late Hon Muchai and Atwoli disagreed on COTU leadership, by election time he was for sure not on the ballot," commented Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot. 

    National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale told the trade unionist that he was too old to be engaging in a war of words with other leaders. 

    Atwoli also vowed to support Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho who believes he will floor Ruto to clinch the presidency come 2022.

    Deputy President William Ruto dancing at the Salvation Army Citadel, Kakamega County