Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) secretary-general Francis Atwoli says that Deputy President William Ruto's name will not be on the ballot for 2022 presidential election.
Speaking during a fundraising event in Lamu County on Saturday, the vocal trade unionist says Ruto will not be on the ballot since the country would be under a new constitutional dispensation.
“In 2022, we shall go to elections to elect the president and you will vote in numbers. It will be a peaceful election because we will have changed the constitution,” Atwoli says.
He adds: “And I want to tell you one thing, William Samoei Ruto’s name will not be there. You can take it to the bank for free."
Atwoli has not, however, explained how Ruto will be locked out of the race but says the new constitution will help kick his allies out of the government.
He has also accused Ruto of underpaying Weston Hotel's employees, stating that he (Ruto) would run the country the same way if he is allowed to become president.
“Look at his Weston Hotel, he has employed all workers as casual. The highest paid worker at the hotel earns Sh20,000,” Atwoli claims.
Ruto is considered as a frontrunner in the race to succeed President Kenyatta and has insisted nothing will stop him from seeking the top seat.