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It’s the ‘system’ you are challenging that bailed you out of ICC, Atwoli tells Ruto

Trade unionist Francis Atwoli has reminded Deputy President William Ruto that it is the ‘system’ which he is now challenging that helped him navigate through arguably the toughest moments of his political career.

The outspoken Secretary General of the Central Organisation of Trade Union (Cotu) said Ruto has former President Mwai Kibaki’s government to thank for helping him through cases at the International Criminal Court (ICC) that threatened to end his political career before the 2013 general elections.

Ruto, alongside President Kenyatta were charged with crimes against humanity at the ICC but the cases eventually collapsed for lack of sufficient evidence.

“I can tell you that it is former President Mwai Kibaki who saved Ruto from the ICC. He also had it easy during the 2013 elections. He should not forget that,” said Atwoli.

Atwoli spoke on Wednesday, just a day after the DP sensationally claimed that the so called Deep State is hell bent on ensuring he doesn’t succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.

“People are saying there is a system, that there are people who will steal votes. That however much we vote, that there are people who will decide. I want to declare here that I am waiting for those people. I am waiting to see the Deep State. I am waiting for that system. I will come with wananchi (the people) and God,” Ruto said in a viral video.

And while Atwoli did not substantiate his claims, he challenged Ruto to resign in the event he was not happy serving in President Kenyatta’s government.