Central Organisation of Trade Union Secretary General Francis Atwoli continues to receive backlash from a section of politicians allied to DP William Ruto over his remarks at Lamu on Saturday.

The veteran trade unionist vowed that Dr Ruto would not make it to the ballot in 2022 elections. According to him, Ruto's has been linked to several graft scandals besides disrespecting senior leaders.

“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 the least contender in President Uhuru Kenyatta's succession race and was never delayed to hit back at his critics whenever an opportunity arises.

At Kakamega on Sunday, Ruto accused Atwoli of believing in witchcraft, adding that he prays for him to seek the Kingdom of God first. He asked Kenyans to pray for the seasoned COTU boss.

“In this country right now, the contest is between two groups; those who believe in God and those who believe in witchcraft. When you hear someone saying that he has been told by witch-doctors that a certain person will be on ballot and the other will not… it tells you a lot about where the country is right now.

“But just pray for such people so that they can seek the kingdom of God first and stop these other things messing up the country, ” said Ruto.

Already, Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika claims that Atwoli's remarks could be an indication that DP William Ruto could be assassinated by his political opponents.