In response to the audio that was leaked and in which he was heard discussing how he almost slapped President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto has spoken out.
He claimed in an audio tape to a group of elders that he nearly struck the Head of State, which set off a nationwide uproar on Sunday, July 3. Uhuru had already made hints that he might not run in the rerun of the 2017 Presidential election after the Supreme Court had declared his victory invalid.
On Monday, July 4, Ruto said at a rally in Imenti, Meru county, that he could not allow his boss to withdraw from the campaign at the last minute because millions of Kenyans had gotten up early to line up at the polling places that day.
“Even those recordings that are being circulated across radio stations saying William Ruto pushed Uhuru I don’t know how, did you want him to give up his seat that we had woken up at 5 am in the morning to vote for him to be president? Stop your jokes. Did you want me to let Uhuru let go of the position that we gave him…for Mr Kitendawili?” Ruto asked.
He further asked Azimio la Umoja coalition to stop propagating their own things, adding that they would not be cowed by the audio and that they would fight till the end.
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“Even if I forced Uhuru Kenyatta to be president, is there a problem? The people of Azimio should stop propaganda, they are circulating the recording claiming Ruto forced Uhuru Kenyatta to be president,” he added.
Ruto continued by saying that he personally put in a lot of effort to guarantee that the pair won a second term in office and would not permit Raila, who was then a member of the NASA alliance, to depose him.