Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa has denied claims that DP William Ruto bought her support for his presidential bid by gifting her a mansion.
Speaking in an interview with a local TV, Jumwa admitted that she owns a number of mansions but none of them was a gift from the second in command.
The vocal lawmaker said that she acquired her high-end mansions through her hard work.
“Why would Ruto buy me a house yet I have been with Ruto for like four years now? I have a number of luxurious houses that I did not get from either supporting ODM or William Ruto. The ones I have are from my hard-earned proceeds and even some I acquired from loans that I’m currently still repaying,” Jumwa said.
According to her, she supports DP Ruto because of his political ideologies and the promises he has made to the coastal people once he ascends to power.
“I love William Ruto because he has changed the conversation, making it people-centered, even going to an extent of coiling a name to define his ideologies, Hustler Nation,” Jumwa explained.
Jumwa added that she ditched ODM because she differed with Raila Odinga’s ideologies but maintained that she still respects him and what he has done for the country.
“I respect Raila so much but we differed ideologically which forced me to ditch his camp. In ODM there is no open democracy, whatever one speaks should align with what Raila believes in or else risk facing sanctions from the party officials. Raila left us in the dark when he entered a handshake deal with President Uhuru Kenyatta. He never informed us yet we had really fought for his presidency,” the Kilifi gubernatorial hopeful said.
After serving as Kilifi governor until 2030, Jumwa plans to become the deputy president and then the president before retiring from politics and eventually becoming a preacher.