United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Presidential Candidate William Ruto reassured Kenyans that he is set to win the August 9 poll.
Speaking with the Agence France Press (AFP) yesterday August 18, Ruto exhibited that Kenya is a democratic country and that it must project free and fair elections.
He added that he is confident enough that he will emerge victorious in the presidential race on August 9.
Previous elections in the Eastern Africa powerhouse have experienced numerous accusations of vote rigging but Ruto noted that he has no luxury to surrender or boycott the election results.
“I am very confident that I will win this election…, Kenyans ultimately make their decisions. There is a wrong narrative that elections are manipulated…, It is very difficult to steal an election,”
“At most, elections can be influenced, but we will stand and still win against the so-called system,” the Dp said.
The ambitious politician was originally poised to succeed his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta, as the ruling party’s candidate for the top job.
But a shock alliance between Kenyatta and his longtime rival Raila Odinga, who is now running against Ruto, has relegated the vice president to the sidelines.
Recent elections have been frequently encountered with violent clashes and allegations of rigging. The 2017 poll saw Odinga approach the Supreme Court, which annulled the result and ordered a re-run.
The disputed 2007 vote was marked by an eruption of politically-motivated ethnic violence, leaving more than 1,100 people dead.
Kenyatta and Ruto were accused by the International Criminal Court of allegedly participating in the 2007-2008 killings before the cases collapsed.
However, both the leading candidates (Ruto and Raila) have vowed to accept the election result, with Odinga telling a press conference on Monday, “If we lose the elections fairly, we will accept the outcome and congratulate the winner.”
On the other hand, Ruto said he would willingly cooperate with his rival if Odinga were to win.
“We will have… to make sure Kenya remains a democracy and Kenya moves forward,” he said.