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DP Ruto: No violence in Rift Valley even if I lose

Sheppernard N. Mosomi
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Deputy President William Ruto. [Photo/DPPS]

Rift Valley region will remain peaceful regardless of the outcome of 2022 elections, a confident Deputy President William Ruto has assured Kenyans.

In the recent past, a section of leaders from Kikiyu community led by Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri, have warned that the region could be hit by violence, similar to that of 2007/08 should the DP lose in polls.

But Ruto, who is persistently losing support within his own Jubilee party, said the narrative of violence is being peddled by enemies of peace, adding that the region will remain peaceful.

"There will be no violence in this region (Rift Valley) regardless of the outcome. Kenya has come all along and we can't allow elections to drag us backwards. It is the last thing that we expect to happen.

"Those spreading such propaganda should be ashamed. We must remain peaceful at all costs. Our institutions must be respected. It's my assurance that this region is home to everybody," said the DP, who hosted religious leaders from North Rift at Sugoi.

In 2007 polls, violence that is believed to have been coordinated by political forces, erupted in several parts of Rift Valley after Raila Odinga failed to clinch presidency, leading to the death of over 1200 people.

DP Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta were among chief suspects of the chaos but would later be vindicated by the International Criminal Court after several years of court battle.


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