Foreign Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Ababu Namwamba joined a growing list of politicians who will not contest for any elective seat in August 2022.
Namwamba refuted reports implying that he will vie for a seat in the upcoming General Election, adding that he intends to work closely with Deputy President William Ruto to actualize his presidential ambitions.
The CAS believed that DP Ruto was best suited to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta when the Head of State’s term ends.
Foreign Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary Ababu Namwamba in his office.
“I am going to be working very closely with Ruto to deliver his presidency. I believe he offers this country a fresh beginning. I believe this country is at the cusp of a new start that has a paradigm shift in how the affairs of Kenya can be managed,” Namwamba stated.
The CAS dismissed claims that he was backing DP Ruto with hopes of being part of the team that will form the next government.
“We have an election to win and we are determined to win it by doing everything constitutionally permitted to have Ruto elected the fifth president of Kenya. After that whoever he decides to work with and where will be is his prerogative,” he added.
“In 2017 I sat with UhuRuto and backed them after they shared with me their vision for Kenya,” the CAS remarked.
Namwamba stated that during the meeting, President Kenyatta outlined his vision and informed him that Ruto would complete the Jubilee agenda.
On January 6, Namwamba publicised his support for Ruto and expressed regret at how the Western Kenya region had supported Raila for over a decade and had nothing to show for it.
“We have been supporting ODM for many years but ended up with the wrong leaders. That is why Busia has lagged behind in terms of development. It is now high time for us to switch our loyalty to Dr Ruto and the UDA Party,” he stated.
Foreign Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Ababu Namwamba following proceedings during the 2nd Italy- Africa Ministerial Conference in Rome, Italy on October 25, 2018.