KENYA POLLS: Ruto votes, urges peace
Posted Monday, March 4 2013 at 17:27
William Ruto cast his vote at Kosachei Primary School in Sugoi, Turbo constituency with a message to Kenyans to maintain peace Monday.
Mr Ruto arrived at the polling station that is a walking distance from his home at 7.20 am accompanied by his wife, Rachel and exchanged pleasantries with some of the voters before proceeding to cast his vote.
Addressing local and international journalists, Mr Ruto said the country had proved wrong those who expected the electioneering period to be marred with violence.
“We have gone against prediction of many who believed that this election would not be peaceful. We have demonstrated to the world that Kenyans can work together. It is a win for all of us,” Mr Ruto said.
He said Kenyans had a collective duty to ensure they keep this election peaceful and called on supporters of the Jubilee Coalition to embrace peace.
Mr Ruto reiterated that Jubilee would accept the verdict of Kenyans, whichever way it goes and challenged competitors to make it clear to the country that they were prepared to accept the decision of voters.
“I don’t think our competitors have a choice. We believe that this year’s election would be different from the previous one, now that they have said they will accept the electorates’ decision,” he said.
He maintained that together with his presidential candidate, Uhuru Kenyatta, they were prepared to continue cooperating with the International Criminal Court (ICC), even after winning the polls.
“If elected, we will be able to discharge our duties. We shall cooperate with the court with a final intention of clearing our names,” he said.
The former Eldoret North legislator said the Jubilee coalition had traversed the whole country sharing its planned development agenda for the country and it was time for the electorate to determine who is best suited to lead this country.
“I am confident people have listened to us and being intelligent they will make the right choice. It is God who will finally determine the outcome of this election,” he noted.