The late former President Mwai Kibaki’s son, Jimmy Kibaki, has dismissed an array of Twitter accounts claiming that he supports Deputy President William Ruto and the Kenya Kwanza Alliance.
Kibaki on Friday, May 13 took note of the accounts within the microblogging platform which he noted were impersonating him and claiming that he was backing Ruto to win the upcoming August 9 elections.
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He advised Kenyans to ignore all the false information peddled by online delinquents out to damage his reputation.
“It has come to my attention that there are several fake Twitter accounts impersonating me and purporting to imply that I support the Kenya Kwanza political formation.
“I would like to take this opportunity to inform Kenyans that they should ignore all fake and preposterous announcements emanating from these delinquent imposters,” he said in a statement sent to newsrooms.
Mwai Kibaki’s eldest son further affirmed that he supports President Uhuru Kenyatta, owing to his family’s six-decade-long relationship with the Kenyatta family.
When quizzed on his preferred pick for the race to State House, Jimmy remained mum on the matter, noting that the decision for him between Ruto and Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition flagbearer Raila Odinga remains up in the air.
“Any right-thinking Kenyan who understands the 62-year relationship between the Kenyatta and Kibaki families will know that my loyalty to President Uhuru Kenyatta is sacrosanct, and our 50-year-old friendship endures,” he said.
“As to who I will vote for in the upcoming presidential election in August…as the voting is by secret ballot, my vote is, as it is for my fellow citizens, my secret.”
The second in command had spoken highly of the late former President Kibaki at the Othaya Approved School in Nyeri County during Kibaki’s burial mass on Saturday, April 30.
Terming him an example of his ‘bottom-up’ political ideology, Ruto praised Kibaki for serving Kenyans wholeheartedly, and that his humble upbringing in Gatuyaini Village prepared him for servant leadership.
The DP likened Gatuyaini Village to Bethlehem where Jesus Christ was born and raised.
“Mwai Kibaki is a testament to bottom-up.
“We must kick the doors of opportunity for many children in this village and in other villages of Kenya, inspired by Mwai Kibaki. They should have the belief that they too can be great for their nation if they work hard and pray,” said the DP.
Ruto described Kibaki as the father of modern-day Kenya, describing him as the country’s pacesetter, especially the boda boda sector that he empowered.