Deputy President William Ruto says politicians eyeing the top seat in the 2022 General Elections would have to fight for it.
He said no amount of endorsement would elevate the prospects of candidates with no development track-record.
Ruto spoke today when he hosted delegations from Bungoma and Busia Counties at his Sugoi home in Uasin Gishu County.
“There are those hanging around, waiting for endorsements. How do you expect to be endorsed if you have no agenda or programme for the country?” posed Ruto.
He said that candidates should seek leadership through political parties with national outlook.
The DP said he is ready to face off with anybody who would want to lead the country in 2022.
“I am ready to battle with anybody. Let my competitors put on the table what they have done for this country,”he said.
He said in Jubilee, they would find serious political contenders, and it would not be a walk in the park to those who are not well prepared.
In attendance were the Speaker of the Senate Ken Lusaka, Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong, Bungoma County Women Representative Catherine Wambilianga, MPs Didmus Barasa (Kimilili) and Dan Wanyama (Webuye West).
Others were James Lusweti (Kabuchai), John Waluke (Sirisia), Bernard Shinali (Ikolomani), Mwambu Mabonga (Bumula), Geoffrey Omuse (Teso South), Oku Kaunya (Teso North) and Oscar Sudi (Kapseret).
The Deputy President invited anyone who wanted to vie against him, saying he was not scared of competition.
He said he would not support the proposed change of the constitution if it would burden taxpayers.
“Anything that seeks to impede the fruits of devolution would also be opposed. We would want to see reforms that would make counties thrive,”he added.