Deputy Prime Minister William Ruto and his running mate, Rigathi Gachagua, have been branded as dictators by the leader of the Service Party and candidate for the Laikipia East parliamentary seat, Kiunjuri.
Speaking at a rally yesterday, Kiunjuri charged that the DP and his United Democratic Alliance (UDA) were disrespecting the Kenya Kwanza coalition’s smaller parties.
The future administration will need to reach deals with smaller parties to run the country effectively, he indicated, adding that he foresee the need for post-election pacts following the August elections.
He claims that after the elections, Ruto will plead for his support.
“We’ve made the decision that the parties must continue. On August 10, those who currently mock us by claiming that we are little parties will beg us.
“After winning, nobody will be able to lead the country on their own. Both Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga would have to create coalitions with minor parties, according to Kiunjuri.
At the same time, Kiunjuri criticized UDA for acting like a bully in the Mount Kenya region and claimed that they were now more concerned with gaining support for each of their parties separately.
He declared that his party would continue its regional campaigns in an effort to win the majority of the seats.
Respect must exist between all sides. Each candidate has a chance of winning the election. You are not the one who gets to select who gets elected or not in a given region.
“I want to beg all these other parties that are viewed as significant to respect us and let us campaign in a civil manner so that we can cooperate in the House of Commons.
“The disrespectful acts we have seen must end,”
Kiunjuri and Ruto allies from the populous Mount Kenya region have recently had disagreements over their calls for six-piece voting of UDA candidates.