Letter summoning Ruto to appear before IEBC fake

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has flagged a letter indicating that they have summoned deputy president William Ruto as fake.

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A composite image of a viral fake letter and an image of Deputy President William Ruto addressing a function in the US.

Details of the fake letter indicated that the DP was to appear before the electoral body on Monday to answer to vote-rigging claims he made while on his tour of the US.

The letter dated March 11, indicated that it had been signed by the IEBC Chair Wafula Chebulati.

The letter had started going viral on social media forcing the commission to come clean on the matter and term it as fake.

Last week, Chebukati said they had taken the vote-rigging matter raised by the DP seriously and would investigate it.

“I haven’t read those remarks, I think when the commission looks at them then we shall be in an informed position to look at them. We shall give our comments on the same and give a way forward,” Chebukati said.

Ruto, through his director of communications Emmanuel Talam, noted that he was ready to appear before the IEBC to give his side of the story.

“The DP is ready to cooperate with the IEBC to ensure that the election results are not compromised,” Talam said

While his tour of the US, the DP appeared to suggest that the August 9, poll risked being rigged.

 “The biggest issue on the ballot is the democracy of our nation and whether we truly have the opportunity to make free choices devoid of blackmail, threats and intimidation. That is a matter that is on the ballot,” he had said.

“If you understand a bit of Kiswahili that’s what informs the current push by many Kenyans to say hatupangwingwi, meaning ‘we want to make our choices without being choreographed or chaperoned or blackmailed or intimidated.”

While his tour of the UK, Ruto seemingly made a U-turn and exuded confidence that the polls would not be rigged.

He expressed confidence in the IEBC and said his competition are only keen on causing violence during the polls to influence the choice of the August 9, polls.

The Azimio La Umoja team, however, dismissed his remarks and claimed that he had panicked.

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