SUCCESSION

Assure Kenyans that you will accept defeat, Ruto tells Raila

The DP said hustler movement will not succumb to threats, blackmail and intimidation

In Summary

"The only thing I ask my friend Mr Raila Odinga, is to accept defeat and should not cause violence or swear himself in after the August 9, General Election," said Dr Ruto.

Deputy President William Ruto addressing residents at Jacaranda Grounds, Embakasi East, Nairobi County on January 16, 2022
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Deputy President William Ruto has urged Opposition leader Raila Odinga to assure Kenyans that he will accept election results if he loses the August elections.

Dr Ruto asked Odinga not to mobilize his supporters to cause violence during the campaign period and after the election if he loses. 

The Deputy President said Kenyans want a peaceful election devoid of violence, threats and intimidation. 

"The only thing I ask my friend Mr Raila Odinga, is to accept defeat and should not cause violence or swear himself in after the August 9, General Election," said Dr Ruto.

Speaking in Embakasi South and East constituencies in Nairobi County, Ruto told Odinga to uphold election laws during the upcoming general election.   

The DP said leaders and supporters of the Hustler Movement will not succumb to threats, blackmail and intimidation employed by their detractors to manage the country's politics.

"You have been threatening us for the last four years. Those threats have amounted to nothing," said Dr Ruto.

The Deputy President urged his competitors to stop duping youth with handouts, saying it was an insult to the millions of educated and hardworking youth seeking jobs among other opportunities. 

Ruto challenged Odinga to come up with practical solutions to unemployment and poverty in the country. 

 "Please, respect the youth of Kenya. These are not people to be given handouts. They want jobs and business opportunities," he said.

Ruto said he will implement projects and programmes that will create jobs and opportunities for the youth.

He was accompanied by Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago, MPs Aden Duale (Garissa), Benjamin Gathiru (Embakasi Central), James Gakuya (Embakasi North), George Theuri (Embakasi West), Kimani Ichung’wah (Kikuyu), Gathoni Wa Muchomba (Kiambu), Nixon Korir (Lang’ata), Millicent Omanga (Nominated), John Kiarie (Dagoretti South) and Simon Mbugua (EALA).

Others were Sylvanus Osoro (South Mugirango), Wilson Sossion (Nominated), Gubernatorial aspirants Margaret Wanjiru (Nairobi), Ferdinand Waititu (Kiambu) and LSK President Nelson Havi, among others.

The MPs asked Odinga to denounce violence and embrace peace ahead of the August General Election.

The Deputy President assured Nairobi residents that under his administration there will be no demolitions without compensation. 

"Before anyone is moved, there must be a place for resettlement," said Dr Ruto.

He also pledged to address the perennial water shortages and sewage system in some parts of Nairobi.