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Kenya: ICC trial: Raila wanted Uhuru and me jailed, says William Ruto

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Deputy President William Ruto has slammed Azimio la Umoja flag bearer Raila Odinga for his stance during his trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The deputy president made a thinly veiled attack, saying that Mr. Odinga wanted him and President Uhuru Kenyatta imprisoned as a result of the post-election violence that followed the contested 2007 presidential election results.

“Mwaka wa 2013 tuliunda Serikali…hawa watu walikuwa na sisi? Martha (Karua) alikuwa na sisi? Si walikuwa wanataka tufungwe huko Hague?” Dr Ruto posed.

“Without them, we created the government in 2017… Were Martha (Karua) and us there? Did they not want the International Criminal Court to lock us up? He went on.

“They said we wouldn’t succeed…

Did we succeed or fail? Don’t those fronting for Mr. Odinga’s candidacy show disrespect? He queried.

Dr. Ruto opined that instead of concentrating on altering the constitution, it was time to reduce living expenses. He regretted that Kenyans were suffering as a result of the high cost of living.

If we win the election on August 9, lowering the cost of necessities would be our top goal, he continued.

Should the DP be elected president, a leather factory would be constructed in Naivasha.

He said that the choice was influenced by the presence of green energy in the Ol Karia neighborhood on the town’s lakefront borders.

He insisted that if elected to lead the nation, his administration’s top priority would be to provide thousands of young people with work.

It is up to you to create the next government. The DP advised voters to vote carefully in the general election.

The leather plant would help farmers and provide work for young people, according to Dr. Ruto, who arrived at Kihoto grounds on Friday night.

In order to help school dropouts develop the necessary skills to be competitive in the labor market, he urged them to enroll in postsecondary institutions.

The DP urged his supporters to vote for the Kenya Kwanza coalition in huge numbers.

He welcomed attorney Njoroge Ngige, who had been booted out after the party decided to support Ndegwa Nguthiru for the Naivasha parliamentary seat on a Jubilee ticket.

In the election, Mr. Ngige vowed to back UDA candidate Jayne Kihara.

His decision to leave the political organization was motivated by his claim that the Jubilee party “shortchanged” him.

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