Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday, January 18 advised Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka on how to clinch the presidency.
In a video seen by Kenyans.co.ke, Ruto who was speaking at the burial of former Health CS Cleopa Mailu's mother in Makueni, warned Kalonzo against listening to greedy leaders whose intention was to lure presidential candidates to vie in order to ride their wave.
“When you decide to vie for the presidential position, avoid cunning leaders vying for other positions. Some of these leaders are just there to take advantage of you.
“Some only want to ride on your presidential ambition to become senators and MPs. Make sure others don’t dupe you. Be wise in all your actions,” Ruto advised.
Deputy President William Ruto and former Health CS Cleopa Mailu during the burial of the latter's mother in Makueni County on Saturday, January 18, 2020
He further cautioned the former vice president against listening too much to the people’s push for him to vie for the top seat, urging Kalonzo to instead seek alliances where decisions on coming up with the best candidate would be reached.
“I have heard people tell you that under all circumstances you should vie for the presidency. I was also at your position where everyone told me to vie for the top position.
“I had to retreat and rethink because I understand there is a difference between winning and vying,” Ruto spoke.
The deputy president further urged the local community to avoid mounting pressure on Kalonzo but to allow him to vie for the position on his own volition.
“Don’t give your leader ultimatums about vying. Tell him to go speak with others and know what is best for the country and the region. Maybe in the talks, he may be lucky to be chosen as the best candidate,” he told mourners.
On his part, the former vice president urged Kenyans to maintain peace and unity for the well being of the nation.
Kalonzo also asked Kenyans to stand in readiness to read and understand the BBI report before its recommendations are approved to become law.
“We have no option but to unite this country, we must unite Kenya. This will be the key motivator for anyone to vie for the position of president or prime minister,” remarked Kalonzo.
Other leaders in the event included Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama, former Othaya MP Mary Wambui and former Justice Minister Martha Karua.
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