There has been pressure for former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto to declare his stand for Deputy President William Ruto 2022 presidential bid in 2022.
The Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) party leader has at last bowed to pressure.
Isaac has maintained that as long as the DP is yet to officially declare his 2022 presidential bid, then he cannot claim which side he belongs.
Speaking on Point Blank show on KTN, the Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) party leader said if DP Ruto needs his support, he will come to his party and ask for the same.
Ruto said until Jubilee gives DP Ruto a ticket to vie for the presidency is 2022; then, DP Ruto can ask for CCM’s support.
“I’m not so sure if he has declared it though people keep saying it because the elections haven’t been called. Jubilee Party has not met to appoint him as the Jubilee presidential candidate. We (CCM) will only respond when that happens,” said the ex-Bomet county boss.
“At that stage, if there is a need for us to support him, he will ask us as CCM to ask us to support him. As at now, he has not come to ask for our support,” he added.
Tony ~ @WilliamsRuto is a leading presidential contender, where’s @IsaacRutoGov Ruto in this candidature ?@IsaacRutoGov ~ Im not so sure if he has declared it though people keep saying#KTNPointblank @TonyGachoka pic.twitter.com/7PuUCJEghn
— ktn (@KTNKenya) May 22, 2019
He said for Dr Ruto to win, he must form serious political alliances with influential leaders from other communities.The Chama Cha Mashinani Party leader described some of Ruto’s current allies from Central as political light weights who will disappear when the contest begins to shape up.
Ruto further said that the DP may find himself without a party in the run-up to the elections as party “owners” likeDavid Murathe (Jubilee Party vice chairperson) may decide to kick him out.
The DP and the CCM boss were once close allies and even formed the now defunct in URP (United Republic Party) before the URP folded to form Jubilee Party.
However, the two fell out in Jubilee’s first term which saw the latter form the Chama Cha Mashinani party and even became a co-principal in the opposition’s National Super Alliance in the runup to 2017 general elections.
William Ruto once had made an effort to recruit the CCM party leader to Jubilee;