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I will concede defeat if I lose in 2022 presidential race, say DP Ruto

Speaking during a live interview on Kameme FM, Ruto said he will instead take up the role of Leader of Opposition and hold the incoming government to account/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 23 – Deputy President William Ruto says he will have no problem conceding defeat should he lose the contest to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta during the 2022 Presidential Election.

Speaking during a live interview on Kameme FM, Ruto said he will instead take up the role of Leader of Opposition and hold the incoming government to account.

“If it is God’s Will that I should be the Jubilee Party’s flag-bearer in the 2022 presidential race, and we lose; I will lead my party to the opposition. We will not make the country descend chaos or mock swearings-in; we will not challenge the result in the Supreme Court.”

“I have heard the people in the Kieleweke camp shuttling around the Central province, telling the people there that they must support the handshake so that they can continue doing their business. I want to tell that we will not allow them to about fearmongering. Everyone has a right to do business in any part of the country, irrespective of who is the President,” Ruto emphasised.

The DP at the same time defend his nationwide tours saying they aimed at ensuring that Jubilee Party’s transformational agenda, especially the Big Four, is realised.

Ruto noted that his crusade has been misunderstood and antagonized his rivals, who allege he had started pre-mature campaigns to succeed the President.

“In 2022 we will have an exam, but currently we have a government in place. Being in government is like studying in class where you are taken through paces in theory where we allocate budget, where we analyze government plans and blueprints but the practical session have to be done out there where you can monitor the results of the election pledges failure to which we will fail the exam,” said the DP.

The Deputy President also used the moment to defend his stand on constitution review, saying he is not against so long as it includes and involves all Kenyans and a select few who he accused of trying to propagate their selfish personal interests.

Ruto said he will only support a referendum if it focuses on strengthening devolution and the representation of the marginalized groups such women among others.

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“Let us not pretend we are going to engage in another exercise of changing the Constitution so that we have political positions to allocate to politicians,” Ruto said as he made it clear he will not support any attempt to amend the Constitution in order to create new positions in the Executive arm of the government.

The President’s principal assistant questioned the necessity of a referendum at a time when the country has other major concerns to grapple with.

Ruto said Kenyans should be allowed decide whether the vote should happen alongside the 2022 General Election or sooner, and if at all the referendum is necessary altogether.


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