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Ruto scoffs at claim Jubilee is plotting to influence election outcome

He told the Opposition to first put its house in order by choosing their presidential candidate, develop their manifesto and engage the public on their development plan.

The DP’s remarks follow Saturday’s assertions by Mr Odinga and Amani leader Musalia Mudavadi that Jubilee was plotting to rig elections and questioned the selection of KPMG to audit the voter register.

Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday scoffed at claims by the Opposition that Jubilee was plotting to influence the outcome of the 2017 General Election.

The DP said that the electoral body is an independent entity whose work was to only arbitrate elections.

“IEBC neither reports to Jubilee nor is it answerable to the Cord coalition. The electoral body should be left to do its work professionally,” said the DP on Saturday when he presided over the Kimalel goat auction in Baringo.

“The Opposition should make a choice – whether it wants to be our competitors or work with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission,” he went on.

“The last time politicians influenced the procurement of election materials, we ended up having defective Biometric Voter Registration kits. (Cord leader) Raila (Odinga) should tell us why these kits did not function properly,” he went on.

“This is the free advice I want to give the Opposition. They should stop holding press conferences in hotels and prepare for the next elections. We want to compete with them in terms of ideas and issues, not propaganda,” he went on.

‘A PLOY’

“No one knows how the firm was selected. This is just a ploy by Jubilee to engage a user friendly company to conduct the audit so that they can find a way of rigging,” he said.

On Saturday, the DP assured Kenyans that the 2017 elections will be free, fair and devoid of any violence.

“We want to be absolutely clear that there will no room for election violence in Kenya again,” he said.

The DP, who visited the region considered a Kanu stronghold for the fourth time since his election to office, called on the locals to support Jubilee which he described as the only party capable of uniting Kenyans.

He assured Rift Valley voters that his pre-election pact with President Uhuru Kenyatta is in place, adding that he will take the leadership mantle in 2022.

Senators Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo-Marakwet) and Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho) accused their Baringo counterpart Gideon Moi of being an absentee leader who does not attend Senate sessions.

“He is out of touch with the problems of the common man because he was born with a golden spoon in his mouth,” said Mr Murkomen. Mr Murkomen recently nearly exchanged blows with Mr Moi in Barwessa, Baringo North, after the outspoken senator raised the absentee claims.

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