Deputy President William Ruto on Sunday, September 6, discussed his 2022 Presidential bid, detailing his plans.
In an interview with Martin Gichunge of Weru TV, Ruto addressed a number of issues including speculation on who he would pick as his running mate for the big seat.
Media reports have linked several leaders to the DP's bid, with Ruto said to be looking for a politician with political mettle to lock in significant votes.
Questioned on the matter, however, Ruto insisted that he was yet to pick his running mate.Deputy President William Ruto pictured addressing a roadside rally on Spetember 6, 2020
"I cannot name a running mate now because the Jubilee Party first has to decide who will be the Presidential candidate," he stated.
Ruto reiterated that he was in the Jubilee Party to stay despite heated wrangles playing out in the public domain.
On the formation of the Jubilee Asili centre, where his political allies now operate from, the DP stated that the centre was meant for those allegedly locked out of the Jubilee headquarters.
He insisted that he remained firmly in Jubilee Party.
"Jubilee Asili is not a party. It is a plan to help those who are being harassed at the Jubilee Party offices," he maintained.
Former Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri and Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki are among names mentioned as possible running mates for Ruto in 2022.
Others including Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and and Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya had also been mentioned before political re-alignments saw them openly oppose Ruto.
On his relationship with Munya, Ruto stated that a middle ground could always be found in politics.
"There are no permanent friends or foes. We can find a middle ground," he asserted.
Ruto revealed plans to inspect various road projects in the Meru region and to push for the completion of stalled projects.
He enjoys the support of several elected MPs in the region fueling talk that the trip was meant to shore up support for his Presidential bid.
Ruto further stated that they were determined to keep Jubilee alive as they had invested emotionally, politically and financially into growing the party.
Watch the interview below:
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