Deputy President William Ruto has slammed the government’s move to bar the media and other online platforms from live streaming the 2022 provisional election results, terming the move as a scheme to install a “puppet president”.
“The never-ending onslaught through election law amendments is a choreographed attempt to install a puppet on the Kenyan electorate and sabotage our freedom of choice and hard-earned democracy. The plan is evil and must fail. The people have resoundingly said HATUPANGWINGWI,” said the Deputy President on his social platforms.
“The desperate efforts to install project kitendawili by forceful, illegal, undemocratic and unconstitutional means portends a troubled future for Kenya, its democracy, the rule of law, freedom of its citizens and, ultimately, everyone’s well-being,” he went on, in a swipe on his rival, ODM leader, Raila Odinga.
The move has also been castigated by other Members of Parliament allied to Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
The Bill, sponsored by the government and tabled before the House by the National Assembly Majority Leader, Amos Kimunya, was read for the first time on Wednesday, February 2.
Should the Bill, which seeks to amend the Elections Act be passed, the media will not be allowed to live stream the provisional election results.