Deputy president has responded to the leaked audio about slapping Uhuru. Ruto has refused to apologize saying that he did everything that needed to be done then. He add that he worked for the win and if that meant pushing Uhuru to his limit, it was necessary.
Ruto says he has no regret about pushing Uhuru to the limits for their 2017 election win. While responding to his remarks, Ruto accepts that he almost slapped the president. http://www.biography.co.ke/?p=4705&preview=true. Ruto says that he had invested so much in the campaign and was not willing to lose.
Ruto, “I did the majority of the campaigning, I would hold three meetings before the president joined me. There was no way I would allow Raila to take the seat from him – even if it meant pushing Uhuru to whatever limits, I would.”
At the time, Raila wanted the election repeated as he could not withstand the Uhuruto win. Ruto also provide that even if he pushed Uhuru, there is no problem because he is a friend. Nominated Senator, David Ole Sankok also supports Ruto’s actions. He says it would have been better if Ruto slapped Uhuru than having to give in to Raila’s demands. Besides, “The bible in Proverbs says that a slap from a friend is better than a kiss from the enemy. In any case, there was no slap but had it happened from a friend, it would have been (a good thing)”states Nanok.
Ruto’s response was pushed by Azimio leaders’ comments that seek to discredit Deputy presidents. For example, Suna East MP, Nah Junet says that Ruto has anger issues. Junet adds that if Ruto can attempt to slap the president, what would he do to the citizens as a president?
Ruto says that Azimio supporters have nothing on him. They are therefore looking for anything relevant to deem his light. Ruto adds that they are even secretly recording his conversations to alter them and incriminate him.