DP Ruto says Azimio rigging claims sparked by fear of defeat in presidential poll
The Kenya Kwanza team has criticised their
Azimio la Umoja One Kenya competitors labelling their concerns over the company
contracted to print ballot papers as signs of fear of defeat in the August 9
election, 33 days away.
Speaking during campaigns in Marsabit County
on Wednesday, the leaders said their eyes were on the 22.1 million voters
cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and not
the company contracted to print ballot papers.
The Deputy President William Ruto-led team
said they have express confidence in the IEBC to deliver a free, fair, and
kwa uchaguzi wananchi wa Kenya waamue…wasianze kutuletea vitisho, wasianze
propaganda, wasianze kujipanga wakatae tena hii uchaguzi wa tarehe tisa mwezi
wa nane,” said DP Ruto.
Garissa Township MP
Aden Duale said: “We know Azimio has sensed defeat…they’re interfering with the
independence of IEBC…kwa vile wamezoea kujiapisha, kusema wameibiwa kura, sasa
imefika wakati wameona deep state haina maana, wameona serikali ya Uhuru
haitawasaidia, sasa wameanza kulenga IEBC…tunawaambia liwe liwalo, nyinyi
The team warned their opponents against
frustrating the elections preparations process by interfering with the
operations of IEBC.
“Sisi hatuna haja
na ni nani anachapisha ile kura, sisi hatuna haja nani anasimamia ile kura,
sisi tuko na haja na wapiga kura, na ndio sisi tumesema tuko tayari,” said DP
Senator and P Ruto’s chief agent Prof. Kithure Kindiki stated: “We’re not
bothered with procurement, we’re not bothered with who is the commissioner, we
have faith in IEBC, we have faith in the system that is set under the law to
manage the election, and we want to tell our friends in Azimio their time is up
and they should not confuse people with maneno ya tender na procurement.”
DP Ruto asked IEBC to facilitate an
inspection tour of the ballot paper printing plant to ensure no excuses among
their opponents ahead of next month's general election.
niulize IEBC wapeleke Raila aone mahali kura inachapishwa…hata akitaka ndugu yake
asimamie uchaguzi wampatie…lakini bora uchaguzi iwe tarehe tisa mwezi wa nane na
wananchi wapatiwe nafasi wapige kura,” he said.
With Marsabit County grappling with a 6pm to
6am curfew occasioned by insecurity, the DP blamed Interior Cabinet Secretary
Dr. Fred Matiang’i saying he had misplaced priorities.
“The people of Marsabit
have lived in hell, their property is not secure, they have livestock and lives
while you conduct petty campaigns…your day is coming, on August 9th
we will send you packing…na hiyo siku tukipiga kura hiyo curfew mimi naondoa
within 24 hours,” vowed the DP.
Ruto further claimed that his allies in the
county had shifted camp for fear of victimisation but were still supporting
He pledged to end identity card and passport
issuance discrimination affecting the area locals.
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