Deputy President William Ruto has said Kenyans should not be coerced into supporting particular candidates ahead of the 2022 general election.
He said some individuals who were forcing some leaders to rally behind Opposition leader Raila Odinga were only interested in safeguarding their interests at the expense of millions of Kenyans.
Speaking in Thika Town , during his empowerment tour of Kiambu County on Saturday, Ruto said some leaders agenda was only to secure power for their own interests and survival.
“Most of the leaders you see coming together have no interest of ordinary Kenyans. Their only interest is political posts to protect their interests,” he said.
The DP claimed that Governors from the Ukambani region were being blackmailed to support Raila or face corruption charges.
The allegations emerged Friday when the ODM leader visited Makueni County where he was met by the three governors Charity Ngilu (Kitui) Alfred Mutua (Machakos) and Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni).
Raila had earlier at Chungwa house Nairobi met delegates from Ukambani for Azimio la Umoja peace initiative led by the three county bosses.
Dr Ruto said many leaders were not interested in the economic well-being of Kenyans and had no manifesto to show what they will do once they ascend to power.
He was accompanied by MPs Patrick Wainaina (Thika town), Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu), Njuguna Wanjiku (Kiambaa), Isaac Mwaura, former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and former Thika town MP Alice Ng’anga.
Unemployment and the high cost of living are the two biggest economic challenges facing Kenyans and must become the top priorities of the next government. Industrial and agricultural hubs like Thika Town will provide opportunities for jobs and markets for farmers. pic.twitter.com/NVURzsJpql
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) November 13, 2021