Mutahi Ngunyi to Ruto: Prepare for GEMA betrayal
By Justus Karanja
Renowned political commentator Mutahi Ngunyi has cautioned Deputy President William Ruto to prepare for betrayal from the Gikuyu, Embu and Meru (GEMA) communities in his presidential bid.
Mutahi who was reacting to Ruto’s sentiments on Sunday, accusing President Uhuru Kenyatta of betraying him even after supporting his presidential bid thrice, warned the second in command that the GEMA community will follow suit and back Uhuru’s choice of successor, ODM leader Raila Odinga.
Ngunyi tweeted: “Dear William Ruto: GEMA will betray YOU. It is not a matter of WHETHER or NOT. It is a matter of WHEN. And when they betray you, you will fall from HERO to ZERO; from GRACE to GRASS. End of DISCUSSION.
Leaving no holds barred Ruto was in his element urging President Uhuru to respect church leaders saying they are the same ones who prayed for them during their ICC struggles.
“My brother Mr President, we have seen what you are doing to us, but because we are God fearing we have forgiven you, we leave you to God. You have intimidated us but we have forgiven you,” he said.
Speaking in Thika Stadium, Ruto said the last four years have been full of torture and harassment targeting him and those close to him.
“I walked with you when you needed a friend to walk with. We traversed the country, knelt before God so that the ICC case would go away. We walked with you during the trial and even travelled with you to The Hague,” he said.
Speaking to a boisterous crowd, Ruto said it was unfortunate that those who supported President Uhuru in 2013 and 2017 are now being labelled criminals.
“We walked with you across the Country mobilising support for your Presidential bid, we even voted you three times and helped you become President, why persecute us now,” Ruto said.
Kandara MP Alice Wahome said while President Uhuru is at Liberty to support whoever he wants, he will not decide for the region saying Mt Kenya is ready to settle its debt with Ruto.
The leaders accompanying Ruto played down Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka’s entry into Azimio saying he was forced to abandon his Presidential bid.
Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo urged President Uhuru to retire honourably saying he will take over the mantle to speak on behalf of the region.
At the same time Ruto received Senate Majority Whip Kimani Wamatangi who ditched Jubilee to join UDA in a rally also attended by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.
Earlier Ruto had attended a Church service at the Full Gospel Churches of Kenya, Gachororo Township in Juja, Kiambu County accompanied by ANC Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford Kenya Counterpart Moses Wetangula.
Meanwhile, Kalonzo says Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu was sabotaging his agreement with Raila Odinga which eventually saw him throw his weight behind the Azimio La Umoja leader.
Kalonzo, who was speaking at his Tseikuru hometown in Kitui County on Sunday, claimed that Ngilu had obstructed and incited Odinga against signing the agreement with him.
“I was reading the papers saying that in the 6 hours I was refusing to do I-don’t-know-what. The truth is that Raila had refused to sign, and he was incited by Ngilu so that Kalonzo does not benefit from anything,” said Kalonzo.
“They did not want Raila to sign anything with Azimio-OKA in it. At the last minute, Raila emerged with Ngilu and I was accompanied by Gideon Moi, that is the whole truth.”
According to Kalonzo, Odinga had the moral obligation to support him in the August polls because he supported him in the 2017 polls.
“Some were angry when I said ‘Raila tosha’, and as the bishop told us this morning, do our enemy good… What I said at Jacaranda, if Raila has a good heart, he should have said ‘My brother Stephen tosha’,” Kalonzo added.
“But he was incited by the likes of Ngilu not to agree to that. We must tell the truth.”
The Wiper leader further pledged to ensure all stalled projects in Kitui are completed now that he had a newfound friendship with the President.
“I want when Uhuru comes here I want that office to be modified. It was never because Kalonzo was in opposition, when I was VP we opened a similar office in Ol Kalau, Nyandarua, with Kibaki. It is properly equipped and well done, said Kalonzo.
“This one here in Syeikuru doesn’t even have tiles and I wanted it to be an important building. I am going to tell the CS and PS Kibicho, now that there is no difference between Uhuru and Kalonzo, to send people to come and complete this work,” he added.
In shelving his presidential ambitions to back Odinga’s State House bid at Azimio La Umoja’s NDC on Saturday, Kalonzo, 68, said he considered the age factor between him and Odinga, 77.