Ekuru Aukot Speaks on Ruto's Link to Punguza Mizigo Campaign

  • Former Presidential Aspirant Ekuru Aukot (left) and DP William Ruto. Aukot dismissed claims that Ruto was bankrolling his Punguza Mizigo campaign. Twitter
  • A seemingly fed up former presidential aspirant, Ekuru Aukot, has finally broken his silence regarding Deputy President William Ruto's link to his Punguza Mizigo Bill.

    Speaking to a delegation in Bomet County on Monday, September 9, the leader explained that Ruto had nothing to do with the campaign and neither did all the other leaders associated with him. 

    According to The Standard, Aukot further disclosed that he purely relies on well-wishers to propel his agenda, which he terms as a force of good, financially.

    Former Presidential Aspirant Ekuru Aukot who disclosed that Punguza Mizigo campaign relies on well-wishers to propel his agenda
    Former presidential aspirant Ekuru Aukot who disclosed that Punguza Mizigo campaign relies on well-wishers to propel the agenda

    “We are the promoters of this Bill, I do not understand why people are pushing Ruto into it…Ruto is in Jubilee so I do not know when he started becoming a member of Thirdway Alliance.

    “People should not think that because we are in smaller parties, we are not capable of deciding the path this country should take,” clarified Aukot.

    Rumours were awash that Ruto and some of his allies were bankrolling the Punguza Mizigo, which was the reason they are opposed to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga's Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

    According to some pundits, the rumours somewhat came true after Uasin Gishu County Assembly, on September 3, approved Aukot's Bill. The county is perceived as the DP's stronghold.

    In the weeks leading to the victory, a close ally of Ruto, Kapsaret MP Oscar Sudi, was quoted by the press drumming up support for Punguza Mizigo in the region.

    He argued that contents of the Bill were of interest to Kenyans and urged leaders to support it for citizens' sake.

    "We should put our differences aside and support Punguza Mizigo because that is what will help Kenyans get value for their money," argued Sudi.

    Kapseret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi
    Kapseret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi who drummed up support for the Punguza Mizigo Bill in Ruto's strongholds