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Ruto on the Spot

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During an interview with CNN, President-elect William Ruto was asked about his past comments in which he stated that there was “no room” for homosexuality in Kenyan society.

On September 7, Christiane Amanpour requested an explanation from Deputy President William Ruto regarding his position on the matter. Ruto responded by claiming that it was irrelevant to the discussion at hand.

“I am very clear that we respect everybody and what they believe in, but we also have what we believe in and we expect to be respected for what we believe in,” William Ruto explained.

“We do not want to create a mountain out of a molehill,” he said, adding that he prefers to focus his efforts on unemployment and hunger. “When it becomes a big issue for the people of Kenya, the people of Kenya will make a choice.”

Ruto made it clear that his government would only go after foreigners doing business illegally when he said he would send Chinese workers out of Kenya.

“Everybody will do business, everybody will do whatever they want to do so long as they are doing it within the law,” Ruto said.

“Anybody that operates outside the law, it doesn’t matter where they come from, they will be sent back from where they came from.”

He also assured CNN that his foreign policy would not change much.

“I intend to scale up the participation of Kenya in many of the areas, especially in our regional peace initiatives,” he stated.

“I will be available, I will play my part, I will scale up Kenya’s standing and contribution in that space so that together we can contribute to a better, a much more peaceful neighborhood.”

“I will be available, I will play my part, I will scale up Kenya’s standing and contribution in that space so that together we can contribute to a better, a much more peaceful neighborhood.”

He also explained his current relationship with the outgoing president, saying “Unfortunately, President Kenyatta has not seen it fit to congratulate me,” he said. “Maybe he’s a bit disillusioned or maybe he’s unhappy that I defeated his candidate, but that is the nature of politics.”

Reports say that the two leaders talked on the phone the day after the Supreme Court upheld Ruto’s victory. 

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