Deputy President William Ruto has bragged about a strategy he and his allies used recently to wrest the Msambweni parliamentary seat from the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).
Speaking during a funeral in Bungoma County on Saturday, 26th December, DP Ruto said Feisal Bader’s win over ODM candidate Omar Boga was a clear signal that the Raila Odinga-led party is losing its grassroots support.
He seized the moment to tease former Prime Minister Raila Odinga after teaching him a political lesson in the by-election.
“Did you see what we did to mganga (Raila) in Msambweni. We humiliated him and his group. The seat was for ODM, but now we have it. Politics is knowing how to address the people, not self-assertion,” he said.
The hard-hitting remarks came amid speculation that the DP would unveil a candidate for the forthcoming Nairobi governorship by-election.
Former Starehe MP Bishop Margaret Wanjiru is said to be the front-runner for the seat among the people seeking DP’s support after she publicly declared herself the ‘Hustlers’ candidate.
Wanjiru has made two attempts for the post in 2013 under ODM and in 2017 with Jubilee Party, but she failed to get the ticket.
Meanwhile, DP Ruto also faulted the political truce between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila, claiming that the “Handshake” was a thorn in the government’s flesh.
“In our term as Jubilee government, we did so well. In 2018, they brought something called the ‘Handshake’ and BBI, which are for the interests of a few politicians. I should not be asked about government’s performance because they decided to prioritise BBI,” said the DP.