• Ruto said that the so-called deep state or system does not exist, and he knows because he has been deputy president for the last 10 years.
• "Don't be fooled by the system and deep state stories, they don't exist. On August 9 you will know."
Kenya Kwanza presidential candidate William Ruto has said that the deep state is empty rhetoric.
Speaking on Monday, Ruto said that the so-called deep state or system does not exist, and he knows because he has been deputy president for the last 10 years.
The DP told his main opponent Raila Odinga of the Azimio la Umoja coalition to bank on help from the deep state, because it is the people of Kenya who will vote.
"Usidanganywe, mambo ya system na mambo ya deep state ni hewa tu. Tarehe tisa mtajua hamjui," Ruto said in Eldoret town.
This translates to, "Don't be fooled by the system and deep state stories, they don't exist. On August 9 you will know."
Ruto insisted that Raila has no plan for the country adding that he has already sensed defeat, which is why he has been complaining about the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
"He knows that he does not have this vote and he has started his old theatrics of disputing results."
He also accused Raila of blocking him from going to campaign in the Nyanza region because of fear that the people will buy into their Kenya Kwanza agenda.
Ruto assured the people of Nyanza that despite being locked out of campaigning in the region, he will work with them if elected president on August 9.
"We will work with the people of every part of Kenya. It is unfortunate that we cannot go to Nyanza because our friend who pretends to be a democrat cannot allow anyone to go there," he added.
In the same address, the DP asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to respect the people who elected him into office.
"Please Mr President, respect us. We supported you in 2013 and 2017, built roads, the SGR and connected electricity to homesteads. Out of 10 million people, you went to rent Raila. You are our friend Uhuru Kenyatta but we won't accept that."