Show Up To Vote to prevent  Wrong People from being  Chosen,DP Ruto urges his followers

Show Up To Vote to prevent Wrong People from being Chosen,DP Ruto urges his followers

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,2ND  AUG,2022– Deputy President William Ruto has urged Kenyans from both sides of the political divide to show up and vote in next Tuesday’s election.

Speaking during a prayer session at his Karen Home, the Deputy President stated that this will ensure Kenyans elect leaders of their choice.

“If you do not show up to vote, you should not complain when the wrong people are chosen,” he stated.

Ruto who is eyeing to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in the high-stake polls stated that Kenyans who will not exercise their democratic right will be “letting God down by not going to do that which induced to make the right choices”.

“So to us who are Christians maybe sometimes we don’t get it right. We pray and we know we have to vote but sometimes you don’t show up to vote,” he said.

He told the congregants present during the service that the “punishment given to good people who do not vote is to allow to be led by fools”.

Ruto stressed that next week Tuesday’s election is more of spiritual battle than a political contest.

“We are not ashamed of our God. We will stand firm and we will take whatever consequences. We will be happy to take whatever consequences when we have taken a position on the side of our faith,” he said.

He called on Kenyans to be peaceful ahead of the polls which are seven-days away.

“I want to ask Kenyans from all walks of life from the both sides of the political divide to be peaceful so that we can work together as Kenyans and know that after the election God’s will will prevail and we will much forward as one United Nation,” he said.

Ruto who is considered a front runner in the polls will be facing-off with his main competitor Raila Odinga of Azimio La Umoja One Kenya.

Ruto was originally poised to succeed his boss, President Kenyatta, as the ruling party’s candidate for the top job.

But a shock alliance between President Kenyatta and his longtime rival Odinga, has relegated the vice president to the sidelines.

Recent elections have frequently been followed by violent clashes and allegations of rigging.

The 2017 poll saw Odinga approach the Supreme Court, which annulled the result and ordered a re-run — a first for Africa.

The disputed 2007 vote was marked by an eruption of politically-motivated ethnic violence, leaving more than 1,100 people dead.

Kenyatta and Ruto were indicted by the International Criminal Court for their role in the 2007-2008 killings before the cases collapsed.

Both the leading candidates have vowed to accept next month’s result, with Odinga committing that, “If we lose the elections fairly, we will accept the outcome and congratulate the winner.”

For his part, Ruto said he would willingly cooperate with his rival if Odinga were to win.

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