Ruto chides Maraga over Supreme Court verdict, promises to bounce back in fresh polls

Deputy President William Ruto []

Deputy President William Ruto has taken a jibe at the Supreme Court over Friday’s ruling that overturned President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in the August 8 polls.

Speaking at State House on Saturday, Ruto said it was not fair to overturn the will of the people.

He said Uhuru had won fairly but since the court ruled in favor of the opposition, Jubilee will go back the ballot and clinch “70 per cent plus one votes” and not the 54 per cent.

“There is no way that Jubilee won majority seats in MCAs, MPs, Senators, Governors and Women representatives then tell us we did not win the Presidential seat; how is it possible? asked the DP.

“We are not going to succumb to pressure from the Courts. We won the election fair and square. The Supreme Court had their day, ours is coming and we will scrutinize everything. We respect the rule of law but we are not stupid. We will have the election is 60 days and they better be prepared,” said the DP.

He added Kenyans cannot have their leaders elected by the court. He also said opposition which had lodged the Presidential petition is not ready for the polls.

“The Supreme Court cannot determine who rules this country; we will have no grand coalition and the election will be conducted by IEBC. We will not have the Opposition playing around with us over disbandment of IEBC.”

Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale said they are ready for another round of victory.

Duale said Uhuru won even with the ICC case and this time round, he will take another lead.

Deputy Speaker in the Senate Prof Kithure Kindiki noted “we are ready, we are eager to go back to the grassroots. We will traverse this country and for the record; forget the 54 percent we got in the concluded election, this time round Jubilee is going to sweep the votes with at least 70 plus votes.”

Fresh polls should be held within 60 days after Friday’s ruling.

By Pharis Kinyua. He’s an online Journalist and an author for Jamhuri News.