NAKURU, Kenya, Nov 27 — Deputy President William Ruto has dismissed claims by the opposition that the Jubilee administration is conspiring with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commissions to delay the August 8 General Election slated for next year.
The Deputy President says the election is set in the Constitution and that the Jubilee administration is ready to hold them on the set date.
He says those alleging a ploy to hold them past that date are simply not ready and looking to cast aspersions elsewhere.
“As a government we have done our part to ensure the election goes on as scheduled on August 8 this coming year. Those spreading rumours that the election will be pushed forward are dreaming in the daytime. The election will be on August 8, not a day sooner, not a day later as stipulated in the Constitution.
“If they’re not ready for the Elections that’s their business. We have no reason to be afraid of them.”
He has also called on opposition leader Raila Odinga to take personal responsibility for corruption in counties governed by his lieutenants just as he is demanding the Jubilee administration do.
Ruto says Raila cannot claim to be blameless over the theft of funds in counties manned by those elected on his party ticket as they are answerable to him.
“If you (Raila) have accepted that you accepted monies from counties for your stay in hotels, airfare and the money which was stolen (in Kilifi) is close to Sh1 billion do you sincerely want us to believe that you only know where the money for your maintenance went? Where is the rest of the money? You must tell us who the rest of the stolen money you’re connected to went with and when you’ll be held to account.”
The Deputy President made the comments at the Africa Gospel Church in Keringet, Nakuru County.