Deputy President William Ruto's name will not feature in 2022 presidential election due to his alleged links to grand theft and disrespect to elderly leaders, COTU boss Francis Atwoli has vowed.
A rebellion has rocked both Jubilee party and the opposition over the succession of President Uhuru Kenyatta, even as a section of Jubilee leaders intensified onslaught against the DP.
While speaking in Lamu on Saturday, Atwoli, a close ally of Uhuru and ODM leader Raila Odinga, insisted that Dr Ruto will be tamed due to his 'bad attitude'.
"If you have a pen and book you can write this. We are going to elections in 2022 and we will elect our leaders. The name of William Ruto will not be on the ballot. You can take that to the bank," he said in a video shared on Twitter by popular blogger Cyprian Nyakundi.
The veteran trade unionist added: "You cannot steal from the poor, use the money to buy young MPs then you expect us to relax. You cannot abuse people like Raila Odinga and Maina Kamanda and just think you'll make it. It's impossible."
Atwoli's statements could create sharp reactions from among the team supporting Dr Ruto's bid. Ruto's pointsman Dr Bonnie Khalwale recently accused Atwoli of playing empty politics.
In the past, the COTU boss has been pushing for constitutional changes, a similar campaign being rallied by Raila Odinga, a few years to 2022 elections. Both leaders want a change in the leadership structure.
Dr Ruto on Saturday in Nakuru, told off his critics, insisting that he's a victim of unfair narratives being propagated by the media and vowed to make Jubilee party strong.