Ruto reveals how Kalonzo declined his invitation to join the government instead, opting to stick with Raila in opposition.
President William Ruto disclosed that he had a private meeting with the leader of the Wiper Party, Kalonzo Musyoka, during which they discussed the possibility of forming a political alliance.
On Sunday, October 23, during a service of thanksgiving in Kitui County, Ruto said that he had met Kalonzo and requested him to join his government.
However, Kalonzo, one of the Azimio principals declined the offer, insisting that he would remain in the opposition alongside party leader Raila Odinga.
Ruto was forced to make the clarification after leaders from the region pressured him to shake hands with the former Vice President.
“You have talked about the issues of my brother Stephen(Kalonzo Musyoka). He is my elder brother and whenever he is ready to work with me, I am ready to work with him,” Ruto said.
“I want you to know that I have looked for Stephen, sat down with him…told him ‘here is the government, let us work together’ he told me he wants to try opposition first. So, let him try opposition first then we see where he gets, then we can talk later. There is no problem, even opposition is work, it also helps us to move Kenya forward,” Ruto remarked.
He nevertheless vowed that the residents of the Lower Eastern region would not be excluded from his government or neglected in development initiatives even in the absence of Kalonzo.
At the church service, Kitui Governor Julius Malombe and his Machakos counterpart Wavinya Ndeti called upon the President to work with Kalonzo.
The two vowed to work with Ruto’s government, even though the region largely voted in favour of Azimio la Umoja’s Raila Odinga in the August 2022 General Election.