President William Ruto has spoken out in response to the Azimio coalition’s planned meetings following the release of a dossier by a whistleblower revealing that the Azimio coalition’s leader, Raila Odinga, won the August 9, 2022 presidential election.
During a thanksgiving ceremony in Kirinyaga County, President Ruto emphasised that the nation will never again be held hostage by a small group of people pursuing their own selfish interests. He went on to say that the government would gather all citizens, regardless of how they voted, to expose anyone who frequently used threats.
“Those who are against the peace, and unity in the nation and they want to bring us old stories. I want to promise Kenya that we will not allow the country to be a hostage to threats and blackmail from a few people who are looking for their personal interests.”
“So do not be afraid, Kenyans. I will not allow a few people to threaten us so that we get distracted from the promises which we’re to give our people. Our focus won’t be swayed to serve their interests, hence we are telling them no more,” Ruto stated.
Further slamming his critics, Ruto stated that the opposition should be content with the spoils earned through threats from previous administrations.
“What you got from threats, let it be enough and satisfy you. Let us now work for the people. We can’t be catering to the same people day in and day out because they want to organise a rally. Do it all you want but the country will move forward.”
The Raila Odinga-led Azimio coalition has been holding open forums to discuss the results of the 2022 presidential election, which Odinga won, according to the whistleblower. The coalition has also advocated for an investigation into alleged electoral misconduct and fraud.
President Ruto, on the other hand, has dismissed these allegations, claiming that the election was free and fair and that the results reflect the will of the Kenyan people. He also condemned the Azimio coalition’s use of blackmail and threats, stating that such actions are not in the best interests of the country.