Deputy President Dr. William Ruto has not denied that he nearly slapped President Uhuru Kenyatta for almost giving up on the 2017 repeat Presidential polls.
This is after an audio recording emerged online of him telling a group of elders that he almost slapped the president after he hinted at withdrawing from the presidential race after his victory was overturned by the Supreme Court.
The DP while addressing a rally on Monday in central Imenti constituency, Meru county dismissed the criticism he received from the Azimio coalition over the leaked audio.
He, however, did not deny that he made the claims and went on to say that he indeed pushed the President not to quit.
“Ata hiyo vitu mnazungusha kwa maredio ati William Ruto alisukuma Uhuru Kenyatta sijui namna gani, kwani mlikua mnataka Uhuru Kenyatta awache kiti ambayo sisi tulikua tumeamkia saa Kumi na moja asubuhi kumpigia Kura awe rais. Kwendeni Kabisa. Sisi ndo tuliamka mapema kumpigia Kura rais awe rais. Je nyinyi watu wa Meru, Mungetaka mimi niruhusu Uhuru awache ile kiti abayo tulikua tumempatia? Ati awachie mtu ya Kitendawili?,” Ruto said.
DP claimed there was no harm even if he pushed the Uhuru to be president.
“Ata kama nilimlazimisha Uhuru Kenyatta awe rais, iko Makosa? Watu wa Azimio wacheni Ujinga. Wanazungusha record ooh Ruto, ooh alikua analazimisha Uhuru Kenyatta awe Rais. Ata mngekua mimi, mngekubali Uhuru atuwache kwa mataa na vile tulikua tumemsukuma?” he concluded.