A section of coast Nasa leaders led by Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa, Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja, Ali Mbogo of Kisauni and their counterparts of Voi and Wundanyi on Sunday, March 18 endorsed Deputy President Ruto’s bid for president in 2022 at a fundraiser in St Barnabas Anglican Church in Voi, Taita Taveta County.
Ms Aisha who has been a fierce critic of jubilee government led the team saying they unanimously endorse the unity pact between NASA leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta. She added that they will boldly support deputy President William Ruto for presidency in 2022 terming it as an idea whose time has come and that there is no better candidate than him for 2022.
“We cannot stop an idea whose time has come. In 2022 there is no other candidate for presidency other than the deputy president,” she boldly said.
She further advised that political division will lead no where, “What happened is water under the bridge. We must accept change and support our leaders who have decided to unite for the sake of the country,” the vocal Malindi legislator said.
Aware of her critics, she explained, she is doing all these in the spirit of unity agreement signed between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga; “If at all they were united then there is no need of them intimidating us against uniting with the government,”
Separately, Governor Joho has stated and clarified that he has not “Changed tune, to work with Uhuru” as a section of media reported.
“I wish to state that, while I remain committed to any process that pursues peace, unity and justice in Kenya, I have not held ANY conversation with any journalist on the issues in the article. I am further bewildered that there’s a headline article with a quote from me.
I wish to clarify, that I join my party leader in extending a hand of cooperation to our colleagues across the divide, however there are significant and substantive issues we still have to address as the leadership of this nation.
I am particularly optimistic that this engagement shall bear fruit on the issues in the memorandum signed by Rt Hon Raila Odinga and President Kenyatta. The issues dear to me are lettered
d. Devolution; how to ensure counties are a tool for prosperity for all
e. Divisive elections; the role elections play in our nation and how we conduct them
h. Shared prosperity; how to ensure no Kenyan is left behind.
I also wish to state, that I remain deeply committed to restitution for affected parties and lost lives from the last elections. It remains an issue close to my heart.” His statement reads.