DP William Ruto addressing residents of Kitale on Tuesday, January 25, 2017. [Photo/Courtesy]
DP Ruto addressing residents of Kitale on Tuesday, January 25, 2017. [Photo/Courtesy]

Deputy President William Ruto has told CORD leader Raila Odinga to skip the August elections if he feels they will not be free and fair.

Speaking during a voter registration campaign in Trans Nzoia on Tuesday, DP William Ruto said that Raila Odinga’s claims that the August elections will be rigged are as a result of his unpreparedness for the polls.

“First they said they did not want IEBC commissioners and we replaced them, then they said they wanted the register to be audited and when we began the process they went to court to stop it; now they are claiming we want to use NIS to rig the elections,” stated Ruto.

“My advice to CORD leader Raila Odinga is this – while it is his right to participate in the elections, it is not a must. If CORD is not ready to face us in the August elections they should just skip it and wait for 2022.”

DP William Ruto was speaking just moments after CORD leader Raila Odinga pointed at an alleged cooperation between the National Intelligence Service (NIS) and Jubilee to rig the elections.

Speaking in Mombasa during a voter registration drive, Raila said that NIS was ferrying people from Uganda and Ethiopia to register as voters and vote for President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August elections.

“We have credible information that the National Intelligence Service (NIS) is involved in the on-going voter registration with the aim of influencing results in August, the same way it did in 2007 and 2013,” stated Raila Odinga.

“NIS interference in the current voter registration involves taking BVR kits across our borders into Uganda and Ethiopia and assisting citizens of the two countries to register in a Kenyan election process.”

Raila further stated that the spy agency is also assisting citizens of Uganda and Ethiopia to acquire Kenyan identification documents, then helping them to cross into the country and register as voters.