Remarks by COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli that DP William Ruto's name will not be on the ballot have continued to elicit emotions from among politicians as 2022 presidential race gears up.
In an address at a function in Lamu on Saturday, Atwoli promised radical constitutional changes, adding that Ruto's name will not feature in the ballot paper. He vowed to have the move implemented.
“I assure you that after the next elections, Governor Ali Hassan Joho will be part of the next government. In 2022 we shall elect the president in an election that will be very peaceful since we shall have amended the Constitution,” said Atwoli, who was addressing the public at a fundraiser in Lamu.
He added: “The name of William Samoei Ruto will not be there (on the ballot)… You can take it to the bank."
Currently, Ruto is among the top contenders in the team that is keen to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta. ODM leader Raila Odinga, another favourite, is yet to declare whether he's interested or not.
Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika says Atwoli's remarks could be a warning shot to the DP and an indication of possible assassination.
In a tweet, Kihika fears the recent revocation of security details to MPs allied to Ruto was part of the plan. She also revisited the death of George Muchai, who served as COTU chairman before being assassinated.
"Atwoli said he is 100% sure Ruto won't be on the ballot and we recall Hon Muchai’s brutal murder, could this have any bearing with our security being withdrawn and the confidence that Ruto will not be on the ballot? Could our lives be in danger? Could we be targeted as a warning shot to Ruto?" wrote Kihika.
Both Kihika, Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwah had their guards withdrawn under unclear circumstances.
The three have been leading DP Ruto's campaigns in Central Kenya and Rift Valley regions.
Lately, Ruto has continued with his missions across the country which are largely political even though President Uhuru Kenyatta asked politicians to desist from early campaigns.