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Ruto responds to Raila’s demands as he flies out of the country

Ruto responds to Raila’s demands stating that he’ll not enter into a post-election agreement with the Azimio leader.

Speaking during the funeral service of Pauline Nyokabi Kuria on Monday, January 23, Ruto stated that Azimio rallies were futile and were only done for personal gain. 

President Ruto added that despite denying wanting a handshake, Azimio Coalition leader Raila Odinga’s history stated otherwise. 

“Don’t tell us that you don’t want a handshake. We see you and we know what you want. You will not get anything from me.

“The protests they’re holding will not benefit Kenyans. They are doing it to serve their families and their businesses,” Ruto stated. 

“My friends, isn’t it time you change tactics?” he posed. “There’s no way you will outwit me. Forget about matters handshake.”

Ruto dismissed Raila’s claim that his presidency is illegitimate as baseless.

“Look for someone else to intimidate. I was elected by the people in broad daylight and you lost with the so-called deep state on your side.”

Responding to Raila’s demand that records of the 2022 elections at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) are made public and audited by an impartial body, the President noted that all servers had already been opened and were accessible to the public.

“Chebukati and IEBC opened the server a long time ago. Form 34 A, B, and C, from all the polling stations, are on the portal. What other servers do they want to be opened?” Ruto questioned.

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Meanwhile, President Ruto flew out of the country to France, Senegal for a three-day official visit.

In a press statement dated Monday, January 23, the Executive Office of the President stated that the Head of State would be discussing key development projects with the President of France.

Additionally, the president will discuss matters of Regional peace and security with the President of France before traveling to Dakar in Senegal. 

The statement further notes that Ruto will be a keynote speaker at a summit in Dakar on food, sovereignty, and resilience.

“It is an appropriate forum for Heads of State and other partners to discuss how to exploit Africa’s agricultural potential and the plans and programmes that will help scale up production. 

“It will also be an opportunity for leaders in the continent to find ways through which Africa can meet the rising cost of food,” the statement read in part.

The summit, organized by the Africa Development Bank, comes at a time when Africa is facing serious food security challenges. 

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