Ruto Links Matiang'i, NIS to Leaflets in His Backyard

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    UDA flagbearer William Ruto campaigning in Salgaa, Nakuru county on Monday, August 1, 2022
    William Ruto
  • Deputy President William Ruto has accused senior government officials of being behind leaflets being circulated in Uasin Gishu and other parts of the North Rift region.

    Speaking during a rally in Eldoret on Monday, August 1, Ruto alleged that the plot was being orchestrated by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i and his Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho.

    Further, he called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to take action against the two adding that they were constantly meeting with chiefs to manipulate the vote.

    Interior CS Fred Matiangi during the launch of the first ever National Risk Assessment Report on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.
    Interior CS Fred Matiangi during the launch of the first-ever National Risk Assessment Report on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.
    Dr Fred Matiang'i

    "Mr President, just as you reprimanded DCI boss George Kinoti, you should do the same to Matiangi and Kibicho. They should go home.

    "We cannot go from where we came from. The tactic of spreading leaflets so that people can differ is something that will not happen. You will not succeed because we have decided that we cannot go back and fight over politics," he stated.

    Further, he urged his supporters to be wary of the government's tactics calling on his supporters to remain calm during the electioneering period.

    "Do not accept to be provoked in any manner. Violence cannot be part of the equation in this election or in any election for that matter. All candidates should carry their campaigns peacefully."

    On his part, Ruto's running mate and Mathira lawmaker, Rigathi Gachagua, lamented over the complexity of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) to take action over the leaflets. He called on the NIS boss, Major General Philip Wachira Kameru to take action against his officer involved in the scheme.

    "It is too late to create a problem between communities. They have hit a snug and that is the strategy they are using. All this is planned by Kibicho, chiefs and the NIS," Ruto's running mate argued.

    "There is also a scheme to introduce shortages of fuel from this week because they want to systematically undermine the electoral process," Kenya Kwanza principal Musalia Mudavadi claimed.

    Matiang'i and Kibicho have previously defended their meetings with the chiefs stating that the meetings were aimed at enhancing securing during the electioneering period.

    The two have occasionally accused the DP and his allies of attacking them because of their popularity over former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

    "I am telling you now that we must stand firm against incitement. Don't be intimidated by these politicians. They cannot take up your jobs,” Matiang'i stated at a meeting with chiefs.

    “The government will give electorates free space to express their views during the election day to exercise their constitutional mandate,” Kibocho echoed.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta while campaigning for Azimio La Umoja flag bearer Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua in Gatundu, Kiambu County on August 1, 2022.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta while campaigning for Azimio La Umoja flag bearer Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua in Gatundu, Kiambu County on August 1, 2022.
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