Use your phones now, Ruto tells Kenyans – VIDEO
President-elect William Ruto has urged Kenyans to go back to using their mobile phones as they will not be tapped.
Dr Ruto spoke in Nairobi on Wednesday during a meeting with leaders elected under the Kenya Kwanza Alliance in the just concluded General Election.
Dr Ruto met governors and their deputies, senators, Members of the National Assembly and Woman Representatives.
The meeting by the Kenya Kwanza team coincided with a similar one by the Raila Odinga-led Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).
While addressing the meeting, the President-elect said that there will be no blackmail with his authority.
“I want to tell Kenyans that they can now stop using WhatsApp, Signal or any other social media to call as no one will blackmail you from today,” said Dr Ruto.
“You can now go back to using your phones without hiding because the blackmail and intimidation is over. You can speak to whoever without fear of victimisation,” he said.
“I want to promise that our administration will have nothing to do with blackmail, the threats we have seen, the fear being sold around the country that you cannot talk to this or that person because they don’t share your political views,” he said.
Dr Ruto also said his administration will not only ensure the country is united but make sure service delivery goes to all parts of the country.
During the meeting the President-elect urged leaders to come together to work for the good of the country.
“I congratulate all elected leaders under Kenya Kwanza banner. We have won this election against many odds. We thank God this has been made possible. As we celebrate this moment, we must also ensure we deliver on our promises and commitments,” he said.
He also said the expectations of people are huge and as a party they don’t have time to waste.
“We need all hands on deck. After going through all the processes, we will soon settle on working. The events of elections are speaking loudly to us. There were measured celebrations and getting back to work. This sent a clear message that they want us to get to work,” he said.
Dr Ruto also said his administration will seek to amend parliamentary Standing Orders to have Cabinet Secretaries respond to questions on the floor of the House.
Dr Ruto was declared President-Elect after attaining the 50 per cent plus one vote constitutional threshold to avoid a runoff.
The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate garnered 7,176,141 votes (50.49 per cent) against his closest challenger Raila Odinga’s 6,942,930 votes (48.85 percent).
Mr Odinga, a veteran opposition leader, was making his fifth stab with the backing of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
However, Odinga’s Azimio has rejected the results of the presidential election and said they are exploring all legal options for redress.
In the event the presidential election results are not contested, the President-elect and his deputy will be sworn-in on August 30.