President Uhuru Kenyatta has refuted claims that he is plotting to harm his Deputy William Ruto and his family. The President said he is planning to hand over power after next week’s general election, rubbishing claims that he is scheming to hurt his critics before leaving office.
Uhuru told his Ruto to concentrate in his campaigns instead of crying foul that his life is in danger. President Kenyatta, who spoke when he officially commissioned the Nairobi Expressway, said it is laughable for anyone to claim that he would kill them yet he has not hurt anyone despite insults.
He said the opportune time for him to “act” was when he got into power, but not now when he is on his final days to complete his two five-year constitutional term.
“There is no need of telling people that I want to kill you. Haven’t you insulted me for three years? Has anyone touched you?” Uhuru said.
Ruto on Friday bitterly attacked his boss, declaring that he is ready to face him as long as “you don’t kill my children.”
The same remarks were made by the DP’s running mate Rigathi Gachagua on Saturday while campaigning in Nyeri, saying his life was in danger.
But Uhuru said it was his democratic right to campaign for Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga, his preferred choice in next week’s polls.
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“Everyone, including myself, has the right to campaign for whoever they want. There is no reason for insults and I have to answer you because you have lied. There is no reason to tell people I want to kill you,” he said.
“Sell your agenda and stories and leave me alone. I will do my job and complete it. You go and ask the electorate for votes. If they elect you that’s fine and if not, we will go home together.”
The President asked Kenyans to remain peaceful, before, during and after the August 9 general election.