Trade unions boss Francis Atwoli has made it clear that he didn’t mean that deputy president William Samoei Ruto will be dead before 2022 elections as some of Ruto allies have been going rounds claiming.
Speaking at Kakeani village, Kakeani Location, Kitui west sub-county in Kitui county at the funeral ceremony of the late Justus Mulei Velle who was a former COTU secretary General, Atwoli maintained that Ruto will not be there in the next government.
“While I was in Lamu, I did not say that Ruto will die, no, but I said the referendum is coming and that there will be six slots, mark my words, Kalonzo Musyoka will be among the six but Ruto’s name will not be there,” he said.
Atwoli put himself in trouble with Ruto allies on Saturday, April 13, 2019, when he said that the name of deputy president William Samoei Ruto will not be on the ballot paper come 2022.
Responding to Atwoli’s remarks, DP Ruto described them as witchcraft and asked Kenyans to pray for him(Atwoli) so that he can seek the kingdom of God first.
“In this country right now, the contest is between two groups; those who believe in God and those who believe in witchcraft. When you hear someone saying that he has been told by witch-doctors that a certain person will be on the ballot and the other will not… it tells you a lot about where the country is right now.
“But just pray for such people so that they can seek the kingdom of God first and stop these other things messing up the country, ” said DP Ruto.
Among those present at the burial of Justus Mulei Velle were Wiper leader Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, Kitui Senator Kiio Wambua, area MP Edith Nyenze, Joel Chebii COTU vice chair, former MPs Agnes Ndetei, Benard Kitungi, James Nyamweya among others.