The next election will be held no earlier than 2022, DP William Ruto vows


Deputy President William Ruto has dismissed talk of a repeat presidential election by NASA leader, Raila Odinga who is suggesting that one be held within 90 days.

The DP said that any dialogue between the Jubilee Party and the National Super Alliance must be within the confines of the constitution. He said that the fresh election, which was held on October 26, was in conformity with the constitution, and “Kenya will move on from there.”

“There will be no election in 90 days. There will be no discussion on matters to do with the elections. We will have discussions with Mr. Odinga on other matters…not matters that have been settled by the people of Kenya,” Ruto said.

In another interview which aired on CNN’s Becky Anderson, Ruto has said the government is ready to discuss with Odinga on how to forge the way forward.

“We are even ready to discuss with him a retirement package,” Ruto added.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Ruto said that the opposition was peddling a false narrative that the low turnout was a snub to the President. He maintained that the call to boycott the election by the opposition and intimidation in some areas has denied some voters their right to participate in the electoral process.

He said that the 3.5 million voter turn-out is being peddled by the opposition to fit a narrative of a universal voter boycott.

“It was the intention of the opposition that no Kenyan would vote but to their dismay, 7.6 million Kenyans woke up to vote,” says Ruto.

He claims Odinga has sponsored militia to attack IEBC officials from conducting the elections in his political strong holds.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has so far tallied and verified 244 form 34 B’s out of the 291 constituency results with 22 forms pending verification after repeat elections in 25 constituencies if four counties was indefinitely put off following attacks on IEBC staff.