Deputy President William Ruto says the Kiambaa parliamentary and Muguga ward by-elections have proven that BBI is not a pre-requisite for peaceful elections.
Speaking during the burial ceremony of Eliud Buku Munyori, father his staff member Munyori Buku in Murang’a County today (Friday), Ruto also hailed UDA’ victory in Kiambaa. He described John Wanjiku’s victory as testament of people’s “interest in the future.” Jubilee, he said, represents the past.
Ruto also took a swipe at the constitutional amendment changes envisioned through the BBI. “The people of Kiambaa and Muguga have finished the work that was to be accomplished through the Building Bridges Initiative(BBI). It was said that BBI would help ensure peace post-elections. However Kiambaa and Muguga have proven it is possible to conduct elections, and people resume their work peacefully,” he said.
The DP further counteracted media’s portrayal of rivalry between Jubilee and UDA in the two mini-polls, saying “it was a friendly match.”
“They think it is about us versus them. What happened was a friendly match between our current party Jubilee and our future one- United Democratic Alliance(UDA),” Ruto added.
He acknowledged it was a tough choice in the Mt. Kenya region by-elections to choose between the President and him. “They were clever in their choice, ‘We have business with the present so we vote in Jubilee in Muguga, and we are also interested in the future so we vote in UDA in Kiambaa,'” the UDA presidential aspirant said.
That way, he continued, was a win-win situation for them, unlike their political opponents who perceived it as a win-lose one. “In Muguga, Jubilee beat UDA by 27 votes, and we conceded defeat. In Kiambaa, Kariri Njama also conceded. Everything is back to normal,” Ruto added.
DP Ruto said the mini polls should serve a huge lesson to their political opponents, who initiate political unrest, to the extent of “organizing a parallel swearing-in.”
“We want to move forward as a nation, we want to work together,” Ruto said.
John Njuguna Wanjiku of UDA won the Kiambaa seat after garnering 21, 733 votes while in Muguga, the Jubilee candidate Joseph Githinji got 4,089 votes.