August 9

Ruto trashes polls ratings showing Raila lead

Thursday, August 4th, 2022 03:26 | By
Deputy President William Ruto addressing his supporters in Thika Town, Kiambu county, yesterday. PD/Oliver Musembi

Kenya Kwanza presidential candidate William Ruto returned to the Central region in an effort to consolidate his support, just five days to the election claiming that his key rival was planning to reject the outcome.

 The Deputy President addressed campaign rallies in various centres in Kirinyaga and Kiambu counties, a few days after his main opponent Azimio - One Kenya Alliance presidential contender Raila Odinga visited the area with his running mate Martha Karua.

 Ruto, who has been enjoying solid support in the Mount Kenya counties, used the occasion to tear down at Raila and galvanise residents of the vote-rich region to turn out in large numbers and vote for his team.

 He dismissed opinion polls as inconsequential and a scheme to prepare the ground for Raila to reject the election results if the Kenya Kwanza candidate emerges the winner.

 “Our competitors know we are winning this election and that is why they are publishing opinion polls everyday showing they are leading. This is an excuse to reject the results because we are going to beat them hands down,” Ruto told a crowd in Thika town.

 He and his running mate Rigathi Gachagua also claimed that there are plans to cause tensions in parts of the country and create ethnic divisions ahead of the polls.

 “We will not allow you to pull down the railway. We will not allow you to organise demonstrations or swear yourselves in. We shall deal with you properly,” said the DP who was accompanied by Gachagua and other coalition leaders from the region.  The team made stop-overs at Kerugoya, Kagio, Kutus and Mwea before moving to Kiambu with scheduled rallies in Thika, Kimende, Zambezi and Kikuyu.

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