Deputy President William Ruto’s camp has suffered yet another setback after Nairobi County Speaker Beatrice Elachio who aggressively campaigned for his joint candidature with President Uhuru Kenyatta 2017 denounced his 2022 candidature.
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Speaking yesterday during the burial of Lugari MP Ayub Savula daughter, Elachi bashed leaders who have been trooping to DP Ruto’s Sugoi home as the 2022 race heats up.
“Our leaders trouping to Sugoi should stop forthwith and focus on working with Mudavadi to enhance the region’s chances of producing a president,” Elachi affirmed.
She rooted for Amani National Congress (ANC) boss Musalia Mudavadi, urging western Kenya leaders to throw their weight behind Mudavadi in a bid to clinch the presidency.
“As a community, 2019 is a year of reflection and focus, we must start planning strategically so that our people benefits from the resources sharing formula,” She said.
She was one of DP Ruto’s most trusted lieutenants who traversed the region.
Analysts opine that her change of heart could have been informed by recent happenings within the Nairobi County where a section of the DP’s friends may have played a role in attempts to oust her from the County Speaker.
Mudavadi echoed her stand, stating that “We must start working with President Uhuru Kenyatta to ensure our people are in government and better our chances of getting power”.
DP Ruto under siege
Her comments come in the backdrop of growing opposition to DP Ruto’s 2022 candidature from within his Jubilee Party.
She joins the ranks of Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa who have been the latest to ditch DP Ruto.
Yesterday, Jubilee Party Vice Chairman David Murathe caused jitters in Jubilee after he insisted that DP Ruto should retire with President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022, threatening to head to the Supreme Court to challenge his 2022 candidature.
Murathe had made similar remarks earlier and got the support of Veteran politician Maina Kamanda who affirmed that Murathe was communicating a stand that is shared by many in Jubilee- a stand that will be known in due course.
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