DP Rigathi Gachagua accused KTN News anchor Sophie Wanuna and her NTV Counterpart James Smart of being the reason why Kenya Kwanza did not garner 7.5 million votes in last month’s general elections.
Rigathi who was speaking to the KTN anchor on Sunday night said that the duo cost them votes because they focused so much on integrity matters during the deputy presidential debate that was held in July this year.
“Both of you were very unfair to me in that debate for the running mate because you never gave me an opportunity to tell the people of Kenya what we want to do for them. You took me to issues and took too much time… it’s okay to talk about integrity but you took much time and you denied me the opportunity to tell the people of Kenya what we are going to do for them. I tell you had you given me that opportunity, the 7.2 million votes we got would have been 7.5 million,” Rigathi said.
Wanuna however countered him asking if that was the only avenue that he had to talk to Kenyans.
“It was a good avenue for people who don’t come to public rallies and they are many. The ones who came to public rallies, we had an opportunity to engage them,” Rigathi responded.
While the Kenya Kwanza presidential candidate William Ruto garnered 7.2 million votes(50.5%), his closest competitor, Azimio’s Raila Odinga garnered 6.9 million votes which translated to (49%).
The results faced a nullification threat because activist Okiya Omatata filed a petition on grounds that none of the two candidates obtained the 50%+ 1vote threshold to be declared winner in the general election. The case was however dismissed alongside six other petitions.