Deputy President William Ruto Hits at Raila Odinga for the First Time Since Handshake

  • Deputy President William Ruto hit out at Opposition leader Raila Odinga insisting that he must accept that jubilee won the 2017 General elections.

    The deputy president stated there was no need for some leaders to claim they were ready to work with the Government in uniting the country while on the other hand allege that Jubilee did not win last year’s General Election. 

    Speaking at the St Francis Chaptarit Catholic Church, Mosoriot, on Sunday, Ruto maintained that dishonest leaders were a threat to democracy and unity of the country. 

    He further stated that Kenyans did not need the help of “other people” to make the Jubilee Administration a “legitimate Government” because they did it during the last General Election. 

    “The biggest threat to our democracy, our progress, and stability are people who have questionable democratic credentials; dictators who participate in elections, and yet they do not accept the outcome of any election,” Ruto stated. 

    Ruto was accompanied by Lands Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney, Nandi Governor Stephen Sang, Senator Kiprotich Cherargei and MPs Wilson Kogo (Chesumei), John Waluke (Sirisia), Tecla Tum (Nandi), Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu), Cornelly Serem (Aldai) and Julius Melly (Tinderet). 

    The DP statement comes after Opposition leader Raila Odinga claimed that Jubilee did not win the 2017 Presidential election.

    Odinga had refused to accept his likely loss in the 8 August presidential election and alleged the vote was rigged against him.

    Notably, on his part President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking during an address at the Chatham House in London, addressed a question about the political implication of his unity pact with Odinga, stating a need to unite Kenyans prompted his decision to reach out to the opposition leader.

    “It is a Kenyan agenda that we hope to deliver to the people and we acknowledge that we cannot do it on our own we need each other. We should not keep our people engaged in politics 24 hours,” Uhuru stated.