'Me to join Ruto? No, thank you,' Mudavadi says
01 October 2016, 19:03
Nairobi - Amani National Congress party leader Musalia Mudavadi has vowed neither to re-unite with Deputy President William Ruto now nor support his 2022 presidential bid.
Mudavadi said he is focused on getting to State House next year, and Ruto’s tactical reproach to kill his morale will not deter his ambitions.
During a fund raiser at Malinda secondary school on Friday, Ruto noted that Mudavadi should exploit the neighbourliness between Luhya and Kalenjin communities to support him as he is already ‘near power’.
“Ruto’s statement is in bad taste, mischievous and condescending. I am serious about running for presidency in 2017 and Ruto knows it. If he is a trustworthy neighbour, let him show his generosity by supporting me first,” Mudavadi said.
He added, “My target is to remove you (Ruto) from power. That should be known widely. I want to move forward not backward.”
The former deputy premier said he cannot go to bed with a government that does not take care of the basic needs of its people, but has concentrated on questionable accumulation of wealth and corruption.
“Kenyans are suffering. Already the president has shown that he does not care about the common mwananchi who can go on salivating while he eats meat. So how can I associate with such people? It is ANC’s mission to get rid of this bad government,” he said.
Mudavadi recalled that in 2012, Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta betrayed his trust after he welcomed them to his home, prepared food for them and signed a pact that would later be denied by the two a few days later.
“Ruto has never said ‘thank you’ for the mandazi he ate in my house on the evening they came and begged me to sign a pact with them that would have made me to run for presidency with their support,” Mudavadi said.
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