I will not act unconstitutionally, William Ruto promises

Deputy President William Ruto during Kenya Kwanza final rally at Nyayo National Stadium. [Stafford Ondego, Standard]

“I love this country so much that I will not participate in anything that undermines the Constitution.”

Those are the words of United Democratic Alliance (UDA) presidential candidate William Ruto during the final Kenya Kwanza campaign at the Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday.

Ruto said he will respect the law regardless of poll results next week and not participate in anything that could bring conflict of power, whilst urging his main rival Raila Odinga of the Azimio la Umoja- One Kenya coalition to follow suit.

The Deputy President, confident of victory on Tuesday said he will invite Raila to share a cup of tea and discuss his next steps.

“When Tuesday is done, we will have a cup of tea and agree which role you will play as the leader of the opposition,” he said.

Ruto who was firming up support for his presidential bid said they will fight State capture, a ‘system’ he claimed was created to frustrate Kenyans after the March 2018 handshake between President Uhuru and Raila Odinga.

He added that the choice of Kenya’s next president now lies with its citizens.

“This country does not belong to few individuals, neither does it belong to the deep state and the system. It is the people who hire and fire governments and it will be their decision on Tuesday to take the country forward,” he said.

Kenya Kwanza says it will rid of corruption, terming it the country's biggest challenge against development, adding they will not frustrate the institutions tasked with doing so.

“We will run an accountable system. We have a plan in store for the people of Kenya. We will build the institutions tasked with fighting corruption,” Ruto said, hopeful of a win on Tuesday.

The DP appealed to Kenyans to come out in large numbers to exercise their democratic right on August 9.

Ruto is gunning for the presidency against Azimio’s Raila Odinga, David Mwaure of Agano Party, and George Wajackoyah (Roots). All four presidential candidates held their final rallies today, in a bid to woo voters and succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.