Deputy President William Ruto held a press briefing on Saturday August 6, moments before heading to a series of campaigns and Nyayo stadium for the last mega rally.
The press briefing was held in his official residence in Karen. Ruto was flanked by leaders such as National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Aden Duale, Moses Kuria, Alfred Mutua, Moses Wetang’ula among others.
In his speech, Ruto urged Kenyans to exercise their constitutional duty by participating in the election process on Tuesday August 9. He also touched on various issues affecting the nation.
“I invite all of you to be purposeful and deliberate as you vote. Do not take chances with that hallowed ballot paper. It is all you have got to choose between stagnation and progress. Between the way life is and what it ought to be,” the second in command said, adding that Kenyans are going to engage in the electoral process at a difficult economic time.
During his address however there are a number of odd things that occurred. One of them was that the national flag that was a few steps behind him fell down. The flag was however put back to its position.
Secondly, the DP was forced to pause his speech just about four minutes after he began speaking because of an uncontrollable noise probably from a helicopter or vehicle. Ruto was forced to repeat whatever he was saying after the noise had died down.
Aside from that, his running mate Rigathi Gachagua was not in the vicinity when he began making his speech. Normally Rigathi should have been on either on his right side or left. The sides were occupied by Mudavadi and Mutua respectively. Gachagua was later pictured on his far right.
Ruto also got lost in the middle of his speech. He could be seen trying to locate the paragraph that he was reading from his laptop thus leading to an awkward moment of silence.