Raila downplays Ruto’s rigging allegations

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Ruto’s rigging claims aim at creating tribal emotions ahead of August polls, said Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Odinga was responding to allegations Ruto made on Wednesday during his US tour, saying that there is a scheme to force Kenyans into a pre-determined presidential election by the government.

In a statement through his presidential campaign secretariat Dennis Onsarigo, the AU envoy termed the deputy president's remarks as reckless, irresponsible and uncalled for.

“DR. Ruto’s wild allegations that there is a plan to rig the upcoming election and claims of intimidation from the government are aimed at fanning emotions and creating tribal tensions ahead of the August elections," said Raila.

“The DP is a man who has mastered the art of putting on a show with a characteristic trait of lowering his voice, projecting himself as a humble individual before engaging in a high-level lying."

According to the ODM party leader, Ruto has sensed defeat and has now resorted to incitement to discredit the country’s independent institutions.

“At the very least, the comments erode the gains we have made in strengthening our institutions and are aimed at creating unnecessary anxiety.”

“IEBC is an independent body; going to press with the claims of rigging elections when multiple political parties have vouched to back Raila Odinga's bid is enough testament that this group has panicked. Prepare to accept, and move,” he added.

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