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September 21, 2017

Jubilee PG meeting delayed us for NASA, IEBC forum – Ruto

Deputy President William Ruto (centre) and Elgeyo Marakwet Kipchumba Murkomen leave Anniversary Towers yesterday /PSCU
Deputy President William Ruto (centre) and Elgeyo Marakwet Kipchumba Murkomen leave Anniversary Towers yesterday /PSCU

Deputy President William Ruto yesterday said Jubilee was late for a meeting with NASA and the electoral agency because it coincided with that of their parliamentary group.

NASA chiefs had earlier expressed disappointment at the no-show by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s team and said the commission was not ready.

But shortly after they addressed journalists at Anniversary Towers in Nairobi and left, Ruto arrived with JP representatives including National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen.

“The meeting was confirmed last night and we had a PG, that is why we were slightly delayed. Even as we do all this, we have a government to run,” he told a press briefing.

“We were not trying to run away from the meeting. As you can see I am here,” he said.

“Leave the management of the election to IEBC. As competitors we should be concentrating on voters,” he said.

Ruto said Jubilee asked the electoral agency to reschedule the meeting to a later, more accommodating date.

“We have made it clear to IEBC that we respect their independence. We are ready to engage with them on all matters but along the line we respect their independence.”

The DP further said comments on IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati having night meetings with the opposition were not personal.

Ruto told Citizen TV on Sunday that he has information chairman Wafula Chebukati was chairing a meeting with NASA principals to strategise ahead of the fresh election that will take place on October 17.

But Chebukati told him off and asked him to make public the nature of the “so-called meetings” and their venues.

Ruto said: “Ingawaje alikuwa na mikutano ya usiku, haya ni mambo ambayo tulikuwa tunasema kwa sababu tunataka uchaguzi huru (Even though he had night meetings, we only said this because we want) free elections. It is not a personal issue. We just want a credible election.”

The DP said they have faith in the IEBC, which should be allowed to handle the election.

“We must give IEBC the space to run this election. We can’t complain all the time. IEBC has come up with the document they want to share with us and I know they are doing it in good faith,” he said.

NASA chief campaigner Musalia Mudavadi described the document as strange. He said the IEBC should have given it to them in advance.

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