We are open to dialogue, DP Ruto tells Raila


Deputy President William Rutto speaking in Sotik grounds, Bomet County. Photo/FILE
Deputy President William Ruto at a past address in Sotik grounds, Bomet County. Photo/FILE

In Summary

  • Deputy President William Ruto said Jubilee administration will not engage opposition NASA leaders in any talks over electoral reforms but are ready to engage on matters that focus on the development agenda to ensure Kenyans access essential services.
  • The DP added that the time for politicking is over urging the opposition to now focus on 2022.
  • This comes even as the opposition maintain a hard-line stance on their quest for electoral justice and inclusivity as well as a push for key amendments to the constitution enacted in 2010.

Four days after the controversial ‘swearing-in’ of opposition leader Raila Odinga as the ‘People’s President’, Deputy President William Ruto told the National Super Alliance (NASA) that the Jubilee administration will not engage opposition NASA leaders in any talks over electoral reforms but are ready to engage on matters that focus on the development agenda to ensure Kenyans access essential services.

Speaking during the burial ceremony of former Vice President Michael Kijana Wamalwa’s widow, Yvonne Wamalwa, in Milimani in Kitale, on Saturday February 3, the DP added that the time for politicking is over, urging the opposition to now focus on 2022.

“Alafu sasa mambo imekwisha mnaleta kisirani. Mngoje uchaguzi ambao utafanywa 2022. Na mkikaa vile mnakaa na mambo kutaharibika tena,” said Ruto

While responding to the controversial ‘swearing-in’ of Raila ,Ruto emphasized that Jubilee was validly elected and any other attempts were illegal and unconstitutional.

“There are no sacred cows and the constitution must be respected by everyone regardless of who they are. We will not engage in any talks revolving around who will be President or who will be Deputy President, Kenyans have already elected their leaders,” said DP Ruto.

While lifting the lid on the relations between the two main political formations in the country, the Deputy President lashed out at the opposition saying that the reason Jubilee emerged victorious in both the August 8 and October 26 election is because Jubilee was better prepared and had strategized well on how to win.

“Na Moses Wetangula ni rafiki yangu niliwaambia hawakuniskiza. Walichukua miaka tatu kuamua ni nani atapeperusha bendera ya NASA katika uchaguzi wa rais. Mnazunguka mnaenda seminar, mnaenda retreat, mnaenda workshop mpaka mkachelewa. Mgeshindana na sisi namna gani na sisi tulijipanga mapema,” said Ruto

“The electioneering period is over. Wait for 2022 when another election will be held and if you will still focus on non-issues we will still beat you,” he added

This comes even as the opposition maintain a hard-line stance on their quest for electoral justice and inclusivity as well as a push for key amendments to the constitution enacted in 2010.

Speaking during the event, NASA Co principal Moses Wetangula insisted on the need for the government to hold talks with the government to end the political tensions in the country.

He however insisted that plans are underway to swear in Kalonzo Musyoka as the ‘People’s Deputy President’.

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