Deputy President William Ruto on Thursday said he was ready and willing to retire with President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022 if the Jubilee party decides he will not be their candidate.
Ruto said he would have no problem with retirement so long as the process of selecting the party’s presidential candidate is done as per the party’s constitution.
“What I want to assure Kenyans is that in 2022, Jubilee will have a process of selecting its candidates who will include their presidential flag bearer. It is not given that they will choose me and if they decide on another person, I will retire with President Uhuru – I have no problem with that.
“The only thing I want to make clear is that I will not allow Kenyans to be divided by tribal politics. Whether am a candidate or not, I will not allow Kenyans to be divided along tribal lines,” Ruto said.
I will not hold demonstrations - DP William Ruto
The deputy president added that if he is chosen to be the Jubilee candidate and fails to win, he would not contest the results in court.
He opined that the two major problems with Kenyan politics are leaders whom he accused of engaging in political conman-ship and those who failed to accept results of democratic processes.
“If am defeated as Jubilee’s candidate, I want to assure Kenyans that we will go to the opposition and we will not engage in demonstrations and parallel swearing ins,” he said in an apparent jibe at ODM Leader Raila Odinga.