Former Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi as well as the members and supporters of his Bus party have vowed to back President William Ruto.
Speaking at a church service in Chuka, Tharaka Nithi, Kiraitu told Ruto that he can rely on him as he works to fulfill the pledges he made to Kenyans prior to the election.
A number of leaders, including President William Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua, attended the ceremony.
“Those who remember those days, there was somebody called Paul Ng’ei who said kuteleza sio kuanguka, kwa hivyo kiraitu alinanguka lakini sijaanguka na huyu president ni rafiki yangu tumefanya kazi mingi sana na yeye hapo mbeleni,” he said.
“I am 100 per cent behind President Ruto. Being the driver of the Bus party we have asked all our members to join Kenya Kwanza, so President you can count on us.”
In addition, the party leader promised to assist Governor Kawira Mwangaza in following through on her commitments, claiming that he has conceded defeat.
In his attempt to reclaim the seat in the general election of August 2022, Kairaitu was defeated by Mwangaza, who ran on an independent platform.
The former governor backed Raila Odinga for president during the previous general election.
“Mimi nilishindwa na bishop, can you compete with a woman of God? So mimi nilikubali hiyo maneno and bishop you are governor, tutatembea pamoja,” he added.
At the same time, Kiraitu criticized opposition leader Raila Odinga for organizing protests.
He asserted that requests for a decrease in fuel prices and other demands cannot be met through such large-scale protests.