Kericho Senator Charles Keter has said Deputy President William Ruto will not run for President in 2017.
Keter said he was reacting to mounting pressure from some Kalenjins from the Rift Valley for the DP to vie for the top seat in the next general election.
The senator said Ruto will support President Uhuru Kenyatta so that he completes his two terms.
He said they hope Uhuru will then throw his weight behind Ruto in 2023.
â€œHowever, let me make it clear that as people of Rift Valley, it will not be a demand that people from Central Kenya must support our own because we supported them in 2013 and 2017. We will only pray that they see the sense of supporting him (Ruto) when time comes,â€ Keter said in Kapsabet town yesterday.
He said any member of the community who feels that they are ready to oppose Uhuru in 2017 should exercise their democratic right instead of pushing for Ruto.
â€œIf you feel you can face President Uhuru, do so instead of going round demanding that the DP vies. We know what it take to seek the top seat,â€ Keter said.
He said the support the President enjoys in Rift Valley has no conditions attached.
Keter, however, said Cord leader Raila Odinga still owes people of Rift Valley over the support they gave him in 2007 that ended with the post-election violence and the indictment of Uhuru and Ruto by the International Criminal Court.
â€œHad we not involved our people in the ODM politics, we could not be where we are today. It’s regrettable and see the price we had to pay while he is free and laughing,â€ he said.
CREDIT: The Star