Deputy President William Ruto on August 2, 2022, held a series of rallies in Mt Kenya in the final week of campaigns ahead of next Tuesday's General Election.
While in Nyeri and Muranga counties, Ruto denied insulting President Uhuru Kenyatta and instead faulted him for forgetting his "real political allies who helped him ascend to power."
He said his supporters campaigned for President Kenyatta, while their rivals, who he (Uhuru) now regards as allies, were hurling insults at him.
“We have never insulted the president. It is the opposition leaders who hurled insults at him while we defended him. But he has let us down by jumping on to opposition and supporting Raila,” Ruto said in Karatina.
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The DP urged Mt Kenya voters to reject Azimio presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga for allegedly "nagging the late former presidents Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki and disrupting the Jubilee government by sabotaging the Big Four Agenda."
In Murang'a town, Ruto appealed to voters to support his bid saying he is young and energetic and would champion development projects.
The UDA presidential candidate said he was willing to take over from President Kenyatta and urged residents to turn out in large numbers and vote for him on August 9.
He said Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro is trustworthy and has a bright future in politics. "This is a leader who is trusted and has stood for the truth," he said.
The DP paraded Kenya Kwanza Murang'a governor candidates Senator Irungu Kangata (UDA), former Principal Secretaries Irungu Nyakera (Farmers Party) and Wairagu wa Mai of the Democratic Party.
He was accompanied by MPs Nyoro (Kiharu), Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu) and Cate Waruguru (Laikipia) who said the president will end up being embarrassed since Mt Kenya region would not vote for Raila.
“The president has never come back home to thank us for voting for him. He keeps going to Kisumu where he did not receive any votes,” National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi said.
Ichungwa denied claims of insulting the president saying that, "we are only telling him the truth which we shall also tell the deputy president after he is elected president."
Ruto’s running mate Rigathi Gachagua told Nyeri residents to vote only for UDA candidates and that he will consider them for government appointments if Kenya Kwanza wins the elections.