Deputy President Wiliam Ruto says it will not be possible to steal his votes in the upcoming August presidential elections, a shift from his earlier position while in the USA where he told his hosts he had fears the state had planned rigging the polls in favor of Raila Odinga, the Azimio Coalition candidate.
Speaking on Monday at the Holiday Inn Hotel in London at an event for supporters of his United Democratic Alliance (UDA), DP Ruto said he was smart and ahead of his competitors who thought it was an easy feat stealing his win.
”If you look at me properly, I am not the type that anybody can steal their votes from. It is not possible. Let me give you my word that this election will not be stolen and I have full confidence in our electoral processes,” DP Ruto told his audience in London where he is currently on a tour of the UK.
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Ruto also took the opportunity to lash out at the Azimio Coalition leader Raila Odinga, whom he said was not a threat at the polls and further faulted President Uhuru for his March 9th, 2018 handshake with the former prime minister.
“I have seen how effective, simple, concrete decisions can change a nation. I have also seen how simple, wrong decisions can also take us backwards.
After 2017, we had the Big 4 plan. But then we made a simple decision called the handshake, and then it became the BBI, and then it became a circus and we lost four years, the ruling party collapsed, the opposition collapsed and we ended up in null and void, ” he added.
On Friday, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said it will launch investigations into remarks made by Deputy President William Ruto while on tour in last week that a plot has been hatched to rig the August elections.
DP Ruto told members of the international community in Washington that democracy was on trial in Kenya and that voters may not have a chance to freely make their choices at the ballot in the coming General Election.
“The biggest issue on the ballot is the democracy of our nation and whether we truly have the opportunity to make free choices devoid of blackmail, threats and intimidation. That is a matter that is on the ballot,” he had said.