External forces to blame for my downfall – Issac Rutto

Outgoing Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto on Thursday blamed “external forces” for the loss he suffered in the just-concluded election.

He was speaking for the first time since he was floored by his Jubilee opponent Joyce Laboso in the polls.

Rutto accused police of allegedly being used by the electoral agency to mess up the voting process.

He spoke at his rural home in Bomet after meeting with county executive committee members and newly elected MCAs on his Chama Cha Mashinani ticket.

Rutto cited an incident in which some of his agents were arrested and locked up on the eve of Election Day over alleged voter bribery.

He said the claims are untrue.

“Some of these agents did not reach the polling stations for the assigned duties,” Rutto said.

“I have told the people I’m not ready to move to court to challenge the results, but I want to rest and see how these people will carry on development in the region in their tenure of office.”

He said NASA opted to move to court to challenge the presidential results to lay bare what he termed “computer-generated results”.

“It was interesting to note the IEBC declared President Uhuru Kenyatta winner, even when the provisional results showed form 34A and 34B had not been received at the National Tallying Centre,” Rutto said.

no grudge with Laboso

He said he has no problem with Laboso and he is ready to work with her for the benefit of Bomet people.

“I will work in harmony with her and I’m appealing to her to do more progress from where I left so that our people can continue enjoying services they deserve,” Rutto said.

He said he is ready to meet the incoming governor and the committee planning the swearing-in ceremony to iron out some thorny issues at the county before she takes over on Monday.

Rutto also urged Laboso not to sack the staff he employed during his administration.

“Workers found by the incoming government should be left to continue with their work, just like I did when I took over in 2013 as governor. I allowed public servants who transited from the various bodies to work with my administration,” he said.

Rutto told the new governor to work with all the workers she will find on the payroll, whether casuals, on contract or permanent.

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