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We will surrender all government cars — Ruto camp declares

The law does not allow him to resign when he is vying for presidency, but he will no longer use state vehicles - Didmus Barasa

IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati with Dr William Ruto when the Commission cleared the Kenya Kwanza candidate to vie in the 2022 presidential election on June 4, 2022

Deputy President William Ruto will from June 4, 2022 cease to use government vehicles to crisscross the country for campaigns.

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Kimili legislator Didmus Barasa confirmed that the Kenya Kwanza presidential candidate will now surrender all government cars.

This is after Ruto was cleared to vie in the 2022 presidential election by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), making him a candidate in the contest that will see him face Azimio’s Raila Odinga at the ballot.

Barasa ruled out any chance of the DP Ruto resigning, maintaining that he will continue to hold office and the only thing that will change is the vehicles he will use.

“The law does not allow him to resign when he is vying for presidency, but he will no longer use state vehicles. We will use our personal ones because once he is officially a candidate, we will surrender all government cars,” Barasa noted.

DP Ruto’s presidential campaign Director General Josphat Nanok downplayed the impact the changes may have on DP Ruto's mobility, noting that he will continue to use his personal resources and vehicles as he has always done.

“The DP has been using his personal vehicles in his campaign and will continue doing so. As the substantive DP and principal assistant to the current President, he still enjoys the privileges of presidential security protection,” Nanok said.

IEBC has been on the alert over the use of government resources with IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati directing state agencies to impound government vehicles and other state resources deployed to campaigns against the law.

“A member of the commission, any person designated by the Commission or any authorised agency shall have the power to impound or to order the impounding of any state resources that are unlawfully used in an election campaign,” said Mr Chebukati noted in a public notice released last week.

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