President Uhuru Will Back Ruto's Presidential Bid - Duale

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) with his deputy William Ruto (right) at a past church function in Nairobi.
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  • Former National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale, on Sunday evening, October 4, stated that President Uhuru Kenyatta was set to announce his support for Deputy President William Ruto's bid for the presidency in 2022.

    Speaking to Jacque Maribe on The Hot Seat, the legislator opined that it  was just a matter of 'when' and not 'if' the president would back his deputy.

    "When the time comes, President Uhuru will support William Ruto. Our history with him (Uhuru) cannot be erased in a minute, in 3 months or in 2 to 3 years," he disclosed.

    The Garissa MP then revealed that he was part of a close-knit group of leaders who had taken up the task of creating a strategy that would secure DP Ruto the presidency in 2022.

    Garissa Township Member of Parliament Aden Duale.
    Garissa Township Member of Parliament Aden Duale.
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    As the patron of the pastrolist parliamentary group, Duale revealed that he was rallying his North-Eastern community to back DP Ruto's race for the presidency.

    "My candidate for 2022 is William Ruto. I will use whatever it takes to campaign for him," he asserted.

    Regarding possible alliances, he maintained that the 2022 race to State House only involved two horses, terming the other contenders as 'donkey', jokingly.

    "Unless the rest of the candidates join our coalition, they should not even bother looking for me," he remarked.

    In his bid to ensure his close ally succeeded the Jubilee Party leader in 2020, Duale revealed that he had a checklist.

    The first priority on the checklist would be to focus on garnering the highest number of seats in the Senate and National Assembly.

    The second item on his list was shrouded in mystery, "I have a hidden card for Garissa County, both for who becomes the governor, senator, woman rep and the 6 constituency seats. I will disclose this particular card after the elections," he stated.

    He further warned leaders from his county that he had unfinished business with them for having failed the county residents.

    "In my community, we say, whoever brings the jiin should be same one to get rid of it. I have unfinished business there," he disclosed.

    Duale remained coy on his future political plans, maintaining that whatever office he would decide to pursue would be dictated by his county residents.

    Watch a section of Duale's interview below:

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