Deputy President William Ruto has told the Kikuyu community to either fully back him in 2022, or else “fire will engulf Kenya.”Addressing members of Nandi Council of Elders at his Karen home last night, Ruto expressed fears that Kikuyus appeared t0 be wavering in their support for him, which he termed as “a great betrayal”.
“Hawa watu ninaona kama wana ujanja fulani. Wasipotuunga mkono itakuwa ni usaliti mkubwa (These people (Kikuyus) appear to be very sly. If they do not support us in 2022, it will be a great betrayal)”, Ruto is said to have told those who attended the meeting which was strictly restricted to members of Ruto’s Kalenjin community.
Ruto recalled how he risked his political career in 2013 by supporting Uhuru Kenyatta and said Kalenjins won’t tolerate a betrayal of any sort. “Walidanganya Raila mwaka 2002 huku wakimuita ‘Njamba’. Walidanganya Kalonzo mwaka 2007 na wakadanganya Mudavadi mwaka 2013. Baadaye wakamuita Madimoni. Haki ya Mungu hatutakubali kudanganywa tena na hawa watu. Wasipotuunga mkono 2022, hii Kenya itawaka moto (They played Raila in 2002 as they called him Njamba (Hero). They played Kalonzo in 2007 and they played Mudavadi in 2013. Later, they called him ‘Demons”. I swear by the Name of God that if they do not support us in 2022, fire will engulf this country.”
He said it was “obvious” that NASA Deputy Presidential candidate Kalonzo Musyoka would be President in 2022 if Kikuyus would not support him (Ruto) in 2022. “Sasa huyu mtu anaitwa “Melon” ataweza kunishinda kweli? (Will this man we know as “Melon” really be able to defeat me?” Ruto asked the elders, who looked on with astonishment. “Melon” is the term disparagingly used against Kenya’s former Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka by his political detractors in their attempts to besmirch his character.
Ruto, who appeared to be reading from history, saying that the Kikuyu community generally never supported any leader from outside their community since Independence. “Naogopa sana hii watu! (I fear these people very much).The meeting ended with the elders saying they will initiate talks with their Kikuyu counterparts so as to avoid any fall-out between Ruto and his boss Uhuru.