Deputy President William Ruto has defended the outcome of the August 8th general elections, saying that it earned Kenya a good reputation worldwide.
Speaking on Sunday in Kiborokwa, Soy Constituency, where he attended a church service at the local African Inland Church, Ruto described the electoral process as credible and transparent and asked elected leaders should get down to work.
“The just-concluded electoral process gave the country a good reputation worldwide and portrayed Kenya as democratically mature. The process began by peaceful campaigns anchored on policies and real issues and the people have already made a choice that cannot be wished away,” said Ruto.
He called on Kenyans to to stick together and shun activities that would undermine the democratic gains the country has achieved through the recent elections.
“I appreciate the decision by the Opposition who moved to the court to express their dissatisfaction with the presidential election results. However, the truth is that the people voted and selected their leaders. It is people who elect leaders and courts only determine cases,” he added.
The DP's remarks come only a day after the Supreme Court started hearing a presidential petition by the National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga challenging the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He assured that Jubilee Party would respect the verdict that will be delivered by the Supreme Court on the presidential petition.
“The people have made their choice to re-elect us and the court will make a ruling on the matter. I call on all Jubilee elected leaders to completely keep away from politicking and get to work so that we can deliver on the pledges that we made to the electorate and transform livelihoods,” he said.
The DP urged leaders and supporters to desist from activities and utterances that may ignite conflict.