Cotu boss Francis Atwoli toured DP William Ruto’s Eldoret backyard where he said it will be difficult for the DP to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Atwoli said Ruto was facing many hurdles ahead of 2022 and advised the DP to first seek forgiveness from retired President Daniel Moi.
He advised Ruto to go through Baringo Senator Gideon Moi to meet Mzee Moi to reconcile and to also seek Moi’s blessing for the top seat.
“If he doesn’t do that, then it will be very difficult for him to make it in 2022,” Atwoli said.
He spoke during a funds drive in aid of Evangelical Bible Church in Eldoret town and was accompanied by MPs Joshua Kuttuny (Cheranganyi), Sila Tiren (Moiben) and Wilson Sossion (Nominated).
“I advise Ruto not to ignore my advice if he is serious that he wants to be president,” he said.
Three months ago, the Cotu boss caused a political storm when he severally insisted that DP Ruto’s name would not be on the 2022 ballot for the presidential seat.
In Eldoret, Atwoli said if Ruto does not meet Moi, he should shelve his ambition to take over from Uhuru.
“However hard you campaign across the country, you will not succeed because you have several hurdles including the fact that you must seek reconciliation with Moi,” the unionist said.
Ruto has in the past made several failed attempts to meet Moi at his Kabarak home. The failure has mainly been blamed on political and/or other unknown differences between him and the Moi family.
Atwoli said there was peace and stability due to the handshake between the President and Opposition leader Raila Odinga adding that those opposed to it would fail in their bid to scuttle the BBI and other initiatives by the two leaders.
Kuttuny and Sossion told members of the Kalenjin community to work with other Kenyans and shun leaders who were working to isolate the community from others.
“Those opposed to the BBI had time to give their views but they did not and they should not work against it,” Kuttuny said.
Sossion, who is also the Knut Secretary General, said he will also rally teachers behind BBI saying the document will address the issues that have divided the country over sharing of government resources and governance.