Winstone Chiseremi and DPPS @PeopleDailyKe
Deputy President William Ruto yesterday challenged Jubilee rivals to accept the voters’ verdict and avoid actions that could divide Kenyans along political and ethnic lines.
Ruto, who was speaking after voting at Kosachei Primary School polling station in Uasin Gishu county, appealed to Kenyans from both Jubilee and the Opposition to respect the rights of those who wish to participate in the election or not to. He, however, criticised some leaders for imposing their decision to boycott the election on their supporters.
“It is unfortunate that some Kenyans may not have the freedom to vote because some leaders have imposed their will on them. I ask Kenyans to respect the rights of those who want to vote and those who do not want to vote,” he said.
The Deputy President, who was accompanied by his wife Rachel and MPs Oscah Sudi (Kapseret) and Caleb Kositany (Soy), exuded confidence Jubilee would be re-elected for another five-year term because of its development record. Ruto accused Nasa some supporters of using violence to scare away potential voters.
“Let us respect the right of every citizen to vote or not to vote,” he said. He pledged that the Jubilee administration would not discriminate against regions that did not vote for it.
“Let me assure Kenyans that the Jubilee government will be inclusive and no region will be left out,” he said. Ruto urged politicians to accept defeat in elections saying that is the way democracy works.
“During the August 8 election, I voted for a Jubilee Member of Parliament candidate but he was floored by an Independent candidate. I had no option but accept the outcome of the results and support the winner as a sign of democracy,” said Ruto.
He was referring to the contest for Turbo constituency parliamentary seat that pitted Jubilee candidate, Kevin Okwara and Janet Rotich (Independent), where the latter emerged the winner. Ruto said it was time the country moved on and focused of development after prolonged electioneering.