Deputy President William Ruto has come out guns blazing to refute remarks made by Interior PS Karanja Kibicho that the National Intelligence Service reports indicate that ODM leader Raila Odinga is headed for a decisive win in the August election gust elections. The Interior PS had claimed on Live television that the Azimio candidate would win by at least 60% of the votes cast.
However, keen to inspire confidence in his support base, DP Ruto refuted the purported intelligence reports and while addressing the Makueni county economic forum in Wote on Thursday, Ruto said the intelligence report he is privy to is that his camp is ahead and would win in the first round.
“I am the deputy president of Kenya. After the intelligence report is handed to the president, it comes to me. “In fact, our intelligence report that NIS has released is that Kenya Kwanza is ahead by 8 per cent against our competitors,” Ruto said.
The DP added the alleged report showing Raila is leading is propaganda crafted by his associates to mislead Kenyans and dared them to make the report public if they are certain the opposition chief is leading the contest.
“I want to challenge the public officials if they are serious about what they are saying, let them publish the report they are talking about that is coming from NIS,” he said.
In an interview with Citizen TV on Tuesday, May 31, Kibicho divulged that Raila will win the August elections in round one and affirmed that intelligence data in their possession shows the ODM leader is enjoying a commanding lead in the race to State House.
PS Kibicho’s sentiments echo those previously uttered by ICT CS Joe Mucheru who predicted a round one victory for Odinga and added that he wouldn’t resign as was being suggested but would stay on to protect Raila’s votes.