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Thursday, July 20, 2017

NASA's '10 million strong' votes only wishful thinking, Ruto says in Narok

Deputy President William Ruto during a rally at Olemoncho, Narok County on Friday, May 19, 2017. /DPPS
Deputy President William Ruto during a rally at Olemoncho, Narok County on Friday, May 19, 2017. /DPPS

The National Super Alliance can not garner 10 million votes to win the August 8 polls, Deputy President William Ruto has said.

He said on Friday that NASA was playing with the psychology of Kenyans by declaring fictitious figures as their support.

"We have seen them talk about fictitious figures which they can not marshal. That is wishful thinking and cheating their supporters to have false hope."

Ruto spoke at Aitong grounds in Narok when he received several key ODM leaders led by Francis Nkoitoi who ditched the party for Jubilee.

"We have managed to wade into the opposition’s strongholds and thus drastically reduced their numbers in our favour," he said.

The Jubilee and Cord coalitions split the Narok votes in the March 4, 2013 general election almost on a 50:50 share.

Ruto said the Jubilee’s development agenda for Kenyans has forced many voters especially in the opposition stronghold to reconsider their stand.

"Many people have now defected to Jubilee and we wonder where the 10million votes our colleagues in NASA are talking about will come from."

ODM's Raila Odinga, Wiper's Kalonzo Musyoka, Amani's Musalia Mudavadi, Ford Kenya's Moses Wetang'ula and Isaac Rutto of Chama cha Mashinani are facing off with President Uhuru Kenyatta at the poll.

Ruto is Uhuru's running mate in the contest that has also attracted other 18 candidates.

The DP told off opposition leaders that the upcoming elections will be about those committed to the transformation agenda.

He said the polls will not be in favour of those bent on propagating politics based on tribalism and falsehoods.

"Kenyans are now more enlightened than before. Come August, they will elect leaders committed to development and unity," Ruto said.

He added: "We want to beat the opposition with a large margin so that it forgets about going to courts or engaging in street protests."

The Deputy President said Jubilee has initiated various development projects that can transform the lives of Kenyans.

He cited development on energy, education, health and infrastructure among other areas as the scorecard they are presenting to Kenyans.

Read: 'We mean business': Raila banking on Nyanza, Western for 10 million votes

Also read: Jubilee plots first round knockout in August poll



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