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  • Deputy President William Ruto at Kasarani Stadium during the launch of the Kenya Kwanza manifesto on Thursday, June 30, 2022
  • Deputy President William Ruto has named individuals he accuses of inciting Kenyans ahead of the Tuesday, August 9 elections. Speaking at his Karen office on Thursday, August 4, Ruto claimed that a section of journalists working for Kameme FM and Inooro TV were publicly inciting members of the public even as the country heads to the polls.

    He also accused the Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss, George Kinoti, of propagating a narrative that could see the country descending into chaos.

    UDA presidential candidate William Ruto speaking during a rally in Kesses, Uasin Gishu on Monday, July 25, 2022..jpg
    UDA presidential candidate William Ruto speaking during a rally in Kesses, Uasin Gishu on Monday, July 25, 2022. DPPS

    Ruto, who is seeking to succeed his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta, also named Rift Valley Regional Commissioner, Maalim Mohammed, Trans Nzoia County Commissioner Samson Ojwang, Uasin Gishu's Stephen Kihara and Esustus Mbui of Nakuru, as perpetrators of incitement and hate messages in the country.

    "They are part of this scheme. They are the people holding night meetings to orchestrate and plan conflict among Kenyans and unfortunately, the President of Kenya is aware," Ruto claimed. 

    The Deputy President claimed that the administrators and law enforcement officers were threatened that they would lose their jobs in the event they do not ensure victory for Azimio la Umoja's Raila Odinga.

    He also accused Uhuru of working against him and threatening government officials.

    "We are concerned about meetings which are being done in dark places to orchestrate what is not good for Kenya. The President met people in Nakuru and what is emerging from those meetings is the leaflets you see."

    Upon being accused by the DP, lnooro TV - which was streaming the presser live - cut off the feed immediately.

    The DP also brought to the attention of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) an edited clip circulated by Suna East Member of Parliament, Junet Mohamed, and Mombasa governor, Hassan Ali Joho, allegedly showing his spewing hate speech.

    He complained about the sluggishness nature in which the matter was being dealt with given that neither the Commission nor the investigative agencies looked into the clip that went viral. 

    Ruto further alleged that the government was undermining the freedom of assembly and association of the Kenya Kwanza supporters by denying them access to the Bukhungu Stadium. He also revealed that they were forced to cancel their rally in Mombasa today.

    "Today we are supposed to hold a meeting at Tononoka Grounds and some people are trying to use the police to block us. The excuse they are giving us is that the President is in Mombasa," the DP stated.

    The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) presidential flagbearer further stated that despite the push and pull between his party and Sports Kenya, he would still go ahead and hold his final rally at Nyayo Stadium on August 6.

    Meanwhile, the High Court on Thursday, August 4, suspended orders by Sports Kenya that blocked the use and availability of Nyayo Stadium for Kenya Kwanza’s final campaign rally.

    Deputy William Ruto and Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala take a selfie atop a vehicle in Kakamega County on Sunday, July 31, 2022.
    Deputy William Ruto and Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala take a selfie atop a vehicle in Kakamega County on Sunday, July 31, 2022. WILLIAM RUTO,   By PAUL

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