According to Deputy President William Ruto, who you know should not define how successful you are in the country. The DP urged Kenyans to reflect on the history and develop institutions that would guarantee the present as a free society during this year’s Jamhuri Day festivities at Uhuru Gardens.
His remarks follow a slew of endorsements from various sources, which have strengthened presidential contenders’ campaigns ahead of the 2022 general election.
Raila Odinga, the ODM leader and Ruto’s closest rival, has won support from the vote-rich Mount Kenya area.
In his brief statement at Uhuru Gardens, DP Ruto restated his previous remarks about hustlers and dynasties, in which he stated that leadership should not be tied to a specific set of individuals.
Ruto last year reiterated his stance that the 2022 elections will be a contest between dynasties and hustlers.
He said it was time for President Uhuru and Raila to support someone else for the top seat.
“The Kenyatta and Odinga families have been in power in the past and it is now time for a hustler like me to lead this country,” he said then.
“I have been fought left and right but this will not distract me from seeking the presidency.”
He also vowed that after supporting Uhuru’s and Raila’s past presidential bids, he is not willing to support anyone else for the top post.
“It is my time and that is why I am asking Taita Taveta leaders to help me ascend to power,” he said.
has defended his Hustler Nation narrative, saying it is a global phenomenon
He said the movement will create investment opportunities for 16 million poor Kenyans, who will, in turn, be placed on the country’s tax bracket.
“Those claiming that it is about hustlers versus dynasties want to taint the movement…. It is not a competition between the poor and the rich,” Ruto said.
He said he will officially move to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) if the Party continues to sideline him and his allies.