Ruto Accuses Uhuru Of Planning To Disrupt Polls

Deputy President William Ruto has accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of planning a sabotage of the August 9 General Election in order to retain power.

Dr. Ruto, speaking in Kakamega on Sunday, claimed that President Kenyatta is using government machinery to mobilize chiefs and their assistants in order to recruit youths who will disrupt elections in Kenya Kwanza strongholds.

The Kenya Kwanza presidential candidate warned the youth not to fall into the trap, promising them jobs if he wins.

The night meetings, he said, are being held in various parts of the country where up to 30 people are being enlisted and coached to participate in sabotaging the exercise.

“We are aware of schemes by the government to use chiefs and their assistants to mobilise youths to disrupt elections and cause violence in our strongholds,” said Dr Ruto.

Noting the strategy was bound to go on the blink, Ruto told the President to instead let Kenyans decide for themselves a leader of their choice rather than using dynamism.

After being denied access to the Bukhungu stadium, the DP and his Kenya Kwanza allies were forced to hold their final rally in Kakamega town along the Kakamega-Webuye road yesterday.

Despite the snag, the supporters showed up in large numbers, disrupting traffic on the busy road for nearly two hours.

The Kenya Kwanza team used the rally as a last-ditch effort to rally the region’s 2.1 million votes.

The ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula have been challenged to deliver 70% of the votes in the region in order to have a 30% stake in the next government if Dr Ruto wins the presidency.

According to Mr Mudavadi, there are plans to organize violence against Kenya Kwanza leaders.

“The August 9 elections will be historic after Kenya Kwanza leadership clinches victory. We promise Kenyans a better livelihood if we win the polls,” he said.

He told President Kenyatta to stop issuing threats to Kenya Kwanza leaders.

“What is President Kenyatta telling Kenyans when he says on August 9, they will know he is the country’s president when he is already in office? Such statements amount to threats,” he said.