Deputy President William Ruto asked Kibra residents to avoid talks that the parliamentary by-elections will be a contest between him and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga. 

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Speaking on Tuesday, DP Ruto clarified that Kibra by-election is a race between party candidates and not party leaders. 

“People should not confuse you that the race at Kibra is between Raila and Ruto and Musalia and others. (Watu wasikuje wakawachanganya ati pale Kibra iko mashindano kati ya Raila na Ruto na Musalia na wengine),” he said as quoted by Citizen Digital

Kibra by-elections have attracted over 20 candidates. 

Jubilee Party, ODM Party, Ford-Kenya and Amani National Coalition (ANC) party have candidates in this hyped race. 

The Deputy President, who is supporting Jubilee candidate for the race, Macdonald Mariga, noted that the race between party leaders will be declared in future. 

According to Ruto, people should stop putting their focus on the party principals but rather concentrate on candidates. 

He also asked residents to maintain peace during this period. 

“We want the competition to be peaceful, without shaming and without people threatening each other or starting fights. (Tunataka mashindano iwe katika hali ya amani bila matusi na bila watu kutupiana maneno au kuleta fujo),” he said as quoted by Citizen Digital. 

Ruto, accompanied by Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa met elder from the Divine Church of Africa to seek support for Mariga ahead of the November 7 by-elections.