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What Uhuru, DP Ruto told Gusii leaders about Maraga after 'humiliation'

Deputy President William Ruto at a past event. [Photo|PSCU]

Deputy President William Ruto has dismissed, that he, alongside his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta, attacked Supreme Court President and Chief Justice David Maraga, after nullifying Uhuru's August 8 re-election.

Ruto said they had no personal differences with Maraga but rather, differed with his September 1 ruling, which saw a petition filed by their opponents, NASA, contesting Uhuru's win, successful.

Immediately after the ruling, Ruto and Uhuru pledged to "deal with" Maraga and his team (fellow Supreme Court judges), after fresh presidential election is held, as they directed.

According to the duo, Maraga was used by the Opposition to subvert their victory, a move that saw Nasa, led by presidential candidate Raila Odinga, head to Kisii and Nyamira counties, to criticise Uhuru and Ruto.

Given that Maraga hails from the Gusii community, their campaign in support for Maraga would be a mileage to them, and a blow to Uhuru and Ruto.

However, the two leaders defended themselves, saying they at no point attacked Maraga, and blamed Nasa, for everything.

"We have no problem with Maraga. We only differed with his ruling. It is them (Nasa) that brought all this issues. We always knew Maraga as a good person and we have no problem with him. If they (Nasa) had not gone to court, this would not have happened," said Ruto.

He was speaking at State House, during a meeting with Gusii leaders from the two mentioned counties, Wednesday.

Also present was Kenyatta, who urged the Gusii leaders to campaign for them and ensure they clinch the presidential election win, come October 17.

Uhuru also pledged to tour the counties during his campaign.

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