DP Ruto tells off opposition over fresh IEBC vacation demands

By George Kithuka

Deputy President William Ruto has told off the opposition in the wake of its fresh demands for current IEBC commissioners to vacate office immediately.

Ruto charges that the motive behind the latest clamor by the opposition is suspect since both parties have already drawn a clear roadmap for their exit from the country’s electoral agency.

Ruto also downplayed the challenge posed by the opposition in unseating the Jubilee administration in 2017.

This comes a day after the government struck a deal with the outgoing IEBC commissioners on their exit package.

Ruto who is in Western Kenya, says it was in bad faith for CORD leader Raila Odinga and his lieutenants to drag Kenyans into what he termed an unnecessary debate on a matter that has already been dispensed with.

Ruto made his case on electoral reform timelines, even as he rallied residents of Western Kenya to back President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in 2017.

He is however confident that the challenge posed by the opposition is not good enough to deny Jubilee a second term in office.

Raila was recently quoted as saying the current IEBC commissioners ought to vacate office by 30th of September as captured in the new electoral law.

The same law however comes to effect on the 4th of October paving way for the recruitment of the new commissioners.

Jubilee lieutenants maintain the current commissioners will vacate office upon a smooth physical handover of office to the new commissioners, a call the opposition has opposed.


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