Former Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale on Friday, May 17, 2019, gave Deputy President William Ruto an account of how candidates who were endorsed by outgoing presidents have never won the presidency in Kenya’s history.
Khalwale gave an example of President Uhuru Kenyatta who was endorsed by former President Daniel Moi in 2002 and lost to former President Mwai Kibaki.
He also claimed that Mwai Kibaki endorsed Musalia Mudavadi in 2013 general elections. Mudavadi came a distant third with 483,981 votes in the election conducted on 4 March 2013.
Mr. Khalwale said president Uhuru Kenyatta’s endorsement will not be different. He assured whoever will be endorsed by Mr. Kenyatta to prepare for a defeat in 2022.
If all goes well and the President keeps his promise, he will endorse his Deputy William Ruto for the Presidency come 2022.
In the recent past, DP Ruto’s allies have in many occasions urged the President not to betray his deputy.
Khalwale made the remarks at his home in Malinya, Ikolomani, Kakamega County where he hosted Deputy President William Ruto and other leaders.
In the event, Khalwale announced his defection from Ford-Kenya to Jubilee and was received in Jubilee by the Deputy President.
Khalwale who was Ford-Kenya’s deputy party leader cited threats by Ford-Kenya leadership to kick him out of the party as what made him defect to Jubilee.
After receiving Khalwale to Jubilee, DP Ruto thanked him for his move.
“All leaders have a responsibility to unite the people; focus on delivering efficient, effective service to their constituents; come together to ensure the needs of wananchi are fulfilled and move the country forward,” said Ruto.
Others who attended the event include Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, MPs Didmus Barasa (Kimilili), Caleb Ositanyi (Soi), Justus Murunga (Matungu), Malulu Injendi (Malava), Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), Khatib Mwashetani (Msambweni), Mwambu Mabonga (Bumula) and former sports CS Rashid Echesa.