The Star (Kenya)

I’m ready to face sys­tem, won’t be cowed, says DP

- MAGATI OBEBO/DEPUTY Society · Politics · Uhuru Kenyatta · Metropolitan Police Service · William Ruto · Kisii · Kenya · Kisumu

Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto said on Thurs­day he is ready to face the ‘sys­tem’. Speak­ing at two sep­a­rate func­tions in Kisii, the DP said no amount of in­tim­i­da­tion would de­rail his po­lit­i­cal goal.

The DP fur­ther said state agen­cies should not be used to in­tim­i­date his sup­port­ers.

He said the coun­try has en­tered a dan­ger­ous phase, where some lead­ers in gov­ern­ment use threats to gag those sup­port­ing him. “This coun­try we call Kenya be­longs to all of us. No­body has the mo­nop­oly to chest-thump and ca­jole other lead­ers be­cause they sup­port me,” Ruto said.

He told se­cu­rity agen­cies to keep off pol­i­tics if they are to re­main neu­tral and true to the man­date. “It is un­for­tu­nate that today some lead­ers are en­gag­ing se­cu­rity agen­cies to do their dirty work,” Ruto said.

Ruto said time for chaos is over and those beat­ing war drums are ‘com­mit­ting a po­lit­i­cal sin’. “Ev­ery Kenyan knows what to do. Let no­body de­ceive you that there is go­ing to be vi­o­lence. There shall be no vi­o­lence.”

Ruto said he fought long and hard with Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta to se­cure vic­tory for Ju­bilee. “You saw me here cam­paign­ing vig­or­ously for Ju­bilee and we won.

Hii vitu mnasikia ni up­uzi tu [what you hear is non­sense],” Ruto told res­i­dents in Kisii town.

On Thurs­day af­ter­noon, Ruto landed in Kisii to a rap­tur­ous wel­come from his sup­port­ers de­spite ear­lier protests by ODM youths.

MPS Alfa Miruka (Bo­ma­choge Chache), Vin­cent Ke­mosi (West Mu­gi­rango, Nyamira), Syli­vanus Osoro (South Mu­gi­rango) and John Kiarie (Dagoreti South) were present.

Deputy Governor Joash Maangi as­sured the DP of the com­mu­nity’s sup­port.

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