Left to right: Senator Tharaka Nithi Kithure Kindiki, MP William Ruto and MP Mathira Rigathi Gachagua receive a certificate after Kenya Kwanza presidential couple clearance by IEBC on June 4, 2022. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

“I am delighted this morning (Saturday June 4, 2022) to receive the certificate that will allow Kenya Kwanza and myself to participate in the general elections on August 9. I am also happy for my very capable deputy, Rigathi Gachagua.

“Mr. President (Wafula Chebukati), I would like to say that Kenya Kwanza has faith in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). We are confident that you are up to the task. that my team and I will work with you diligently so that we have a credible, free, fair, democratic and verifiable election.

“Whenever you need our cooperation or our support, Mr. President, I want to tell you that we are available.

“I have appointed responsible and professional persons, a lady and gentlemen, to be our liaison [officers] between Kenya Kwanza and the IEBC.

“Prof. Kithure Kindiki, who is here, will be our main agent assisted by [UDA Secretary-General] Veronica Maina and [Turkana Governor] Josphat Nanok. These are the gentlemen and ladies who will work with you, ensuring that the communication and relationship between us as candidates and the IEBC is helpful and helpful in ensuring that we run the full length of this election. without a hitch.

“I want to tell all of our supporters across the country that this is a time in our lives and we must do everything to protect it from violence and unnecessary sideshows. We have to keep our eyes on the ball and avoid unnecessary commitments.

“Let Kenya Kwanza brotherhood focus on the imminent victory that God will grant us in this election.

“Mr. President, we are committed to [Electoral] Code of conduct we signed to keep this election above the board. We are confident in your management and that of the IEBC in the 2022 elections.

“Let me also say that on behalf of Kenya Kwanza, we do not want to be favoured. We want to be treated fairly like everyone else. We do not ask what is more than just and a right for us.

“Respectfully, we want to ask our friends in the Fourth Estate, the media, to be fair. So far we have been treated unfairly by some media houses. We respect the decision of any media outlet to have a [preferred] candidate for this election. But the media should be decent and declare that they have a [preferred presidential] candidate for this election.

“We have raised these concerns [before]and through you, Mr. Chairman, we want to raise these concerns [again today]. The IEBC has a duty to ensure that all participants in this election are on an equal footing.

“When some media houses give 10 minutes of airtime to our competitors, and they give us one minute [of the same], it goes against integrity, fairness and balance. We have no problem with them taking sides, but they should be honorable and say, ‘in this election, we chose this particular candidate’.

“This will allow Kenyans who watch their news, read their headlines or listen to the issues, to be informed that ‘this or that particular outlet has taken sides’.

“Recently, we heard about a [upcoming] presidential debate, and we have expressed our concerns. I saw yesterday (Friday 3rd June) that they were telling us that “this is a podium or a platform that is supposed to help the Kenyan people to understand their candidates, to know their problems and their ideas so that he can choose on the basis of information and knowledge’.

“If the presidential debate is organized by media that have taken sides; by people who have already skewed the playing field in favor of one side, what moral authority do they have to ask the rest of us, who are not their [preferred] candidates, to attend a pre-arranged and pre-rigged presidential debate? We’re not asking too much; just fairness.

“If you have chosen to take sides, organize a presidential debate for this camp [that you are supporting]. Don’t expect us to sanitize a debate you’ve already distorted with your news coverage. We already have huge challenges facing us; for example, the deep state and the so-called system.

“As Kenya Kwanza, we go into this election with great clarity and we will work with all Kenyans. I want to ask the people of Kenya to [responsibly] participate in this election. what side are you on [supporting], please know that this is our country and it is our responsibility to keep it safe and peaceful no matter who you vote for. Thanks a lot.”