November 23, 2017

There will be no discussion of repeat presidential poll within 90 days, says Ruto

Deputy President William Ruto has said there will be no discussion of a repeat presidential election within 90 days as suggested by NASA leader, Raila Odinga.

Ruto stated that when President Uhuru Kenyatta is sworn in, the country has to move away from politics and focus on nation building.

“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.

Speaking in an interview with Al Jazeera, Ruto maintained that dialogue between Raila and President Uhuru must be within the confines of the Constitution.

The Deputy President further downplayed the perceived low voter turnout, comparing the August 8 General Election which had a 78 percent voter turnout.

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

The National Super Alliance (NASA) leader dismissed calls by his rivals in Jubilee Party for him to retire from politics, saying he would not be forced by Jubilee leaders to do so.

Raila indicated political transition could not be determined by age and those in Jubilee asking him to retire from politics because of his age had no basis to do so.

“I want to tell my rivals in Jubilee that it’s not age that is a determinant factor in leadership of this country. Good governance of a State cannot be determined by how old you are. You must have great wisdom and leadership qualities to propel people’s agendas,” Raila said on Sunday.

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