On August 7, Deputy President William Ruto met a contingent of international elections observers at his Karen residence, Nairobi.
The team from National Democratic Institute (NDI)and the International Republican Institute (IRI) was led by former Mozambique President Joaquim Chissano and his former Tanzania counterpart Jakaya Kikwete.
While at the meeting, the 2022 presidential election front runner was seen wearing white pants with a dirty spot at the knee.
This elicited sharp reactions and criticism from a section of netizens who questioned William Ruto’s wife on why she let her husband wear dirty trousers.
But in a statement on his social media, the second in command, who has branded himself as a ‘chief hustler’ responded to those criticizing him for wearing meeting visitors in dirty-looking trousers.
The deputy president told Kenyans not to worry because that is the nature of hustlers.
“Don’t mind the dirt on my trouser. It’s the nature of hustling,” William Ruto said.
The meeting came just hours after observers from IGAD were deployed to 11 counties to monitor the 2022 General Election scheduled for Tuesday, August 9.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairperson Wafula Chebukati said it was ready to conduct the election that might attract the highest participation in the country’s history.
“All system is set and we are ready to take off on Tuesday 6 am. We have ensured that all materials needed are in the 290 constituencies across the country and we are not waiting for any other materials,” Chebukati said.
On his part, Ruto urged Kenyans to maintain peace irrespective of the poll outcomes.
Quoting the Book of Mathew 5:9, Ruto said Kenyans should remember that “blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
“I want to ask all Kenyans, wherever they are and whatever they do, to be peacemakers,” he said.