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Kenya: president, ‘don’t elect a thief in my place’

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(ANSA) – NAIROBI, 01 AUG – The outgoing president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, urged his fellow citizens not to elect his vice president William Ruto, calling him “a thief”. He said this during the inauguration of a dam in Kiambu County, not far from the capital Nairobi, as reported by The Star newspaper.

“Refrain from electing a thief,” Kenyatta said, referring clearly, without naming him, to Ruto, who is running to replace him in next week’s presidential elections. “I don’t want to hear you cry and have pangs of conscience. There are people who tell nice stories, they are sweet as honey and can be convincing, but they are poison,” he added.

Addressing young people, Kenyatta used the metaphor of the wheelbarrow, symbol of Ruto’s ‘Uda’ party: “Ask yourself if you have ever seen a country improved by wheelbarrows. Do you want wheelbarrows or the possibility of sending your children to school? wheelbarrows, okay, “he commented.

The current president confirmed his support for the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, and recalled the many projects completed by his ten-year administration.

“There are people who only know insults, instead of uniting and working together to bring peace. They said we didn’t do anything. Did this dam build itself? Did the roads build themselves? Even where they thought it was. the electricity wouldn’t come, it came. Alone? “asked Kenyatta rhetorically. (HANDLE).

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Source: Ansa

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