Jubilee Secretary general Jeremiah Kioni explained the circumstances under which William Ruto and his team became so popular in Mt. Kenya to an extent of dethroning popular Jubilee leaders.
Kioni is among key Jubilee leaders and President Kenyatta’s allies from the central region who were trounced in the general elections on Tuesday August 9.
Speaking during an interview with KTN News, Kioni said that Ruto’s wave in the mountain would have been countered if they had produced a presidential candidate, who would have taken over as the region’s kingpin from president Kenyatta.
“It would not have been necessary because if there was a candidate from Mt Kenya, he/she would have been there countering the narrative by William in good time, so the alternate message would have been competing for space,” he said.
Kioni further pitied those who voted for UDA because they would be in opposition in case Azimio forms the next government but it would be useful to some extent because they would realize their mistake.
“In a likely event where Azimio forms the government, it would be a useful thing for our community because a majority of our people who voted, voted in UDA, meaning they are in the opposition. They would then ask themselves, what did we not listen to?” he said.
The now former Ndaragua MP said that they overlooked Ruto’s attempt in wooing the mountain but he managed to turn their people against them. According to him, they were busy working for the people as Ruto found his way through their heart.
“We must give credit to one William Ruto, he has all this on the table with his team, on how do we benefit from all these scenarios?… He takes this and uses it that way…it is really a chase game. We must accept that we also underestimated the extent to which our people had been taken hold of by UDA… Credit to William,” Kioni stated.
So far Ruto’s party clinched 11 parliamentary seats in President Kenyatta’s home county. Aside from that, UDA also won several gubernatorial seats in Central Kenya including Murang’a, Kirinyaga, Nyeri among others.