Baringo Senator Gideon Moi Friday dared Deputy President (DP) William Ruto to a fierce political duel come the next General Election.
Moi vowed that he was ready to take on the DP politically, urging Ruto to respect him as a polical competitor.
“My competitors including the DP, should popularise their parties because I am prepared to go all the way to the finish line but I will publicly declare my bid when the time comes,” he said.
He warned his competitors against dismissing his political ambition.
“I went to Uasin Gishu and Trans Nzoia counties to help address maize issues that farmers are facing there. But I was shocked when the DP came and dismissed me as a political greenhorn,” said Moi.
Moi who remained tight-lipped on whether he will run for the presidential seat in the election said he was not a political coward but maintained he will square it with the DP.
“As leaders, we should be consolidating our efforts to address the challenges facing our people but not play cheap politics and disparaging each other in public,” he charged.
Moi dismissed those saying he was there to divide Kalenjins: “I am in the Rift and people should desist from saying am the rift among our leaders.”
“I will not shy away from commenting on his that are pertinent to economy of Kenyans. If a maize farmer queues to deliver his produce for more than two weeks do you want me to keep silent as if nothing is happening? posed the Kanu chairman.
Speaking at Kalya Primary School in Marakwet East during a funds drive, Moi warned leaders against politicising issues affecting Kenyans.
He was accompanied by West Pokot Senator John Lonyangapuo, his Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Kipchumba Murkomen, Kanu Secretary General Nick Salat, former Marakwet East MP John Marimoi and Kapyego ward representative Benson Kiptire, who hosted Moi.
Lonyangapuo warned Jubilee affiliated members against disrespecting other leaders saying it was detrimental to the coalition’s numerical strength in the Senate and Parliament.
“Jubilee is made up of different parties. As Kanu, we demand respect for our party members,” said the Senator.
Salat said continued political onslaught was in bad taste since they had not invaded anybody’s turf.
“We are being disparaged and we wonder whose eggs we have stepped on?”he said.
He added “Our competitors should know that Kanu has awakened and should brace themselves for a bruising battle during the next general elections because every corner of the country was willing to join us.”
But Murkomen who spoke before Moi, said all Kalenjin communities should rally behind the DP to ascend to presidency come 2022.
“When retired President Moi was the president, all leaders including Ruto, supported him. Now we have one of our own going for the top seat, we should rally behind him,” he said.
He asked Moi to shelve him presidential ambition and support Ruto.