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Ruto holds final election rally in his bid to become Kenya's president

Ruto supporter in Nairobi   -  
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In a packed 30,000-seat Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi, Kenyan presidential hopeful, William Ruto, has been rallying his supporters.

The rags-to-riches businessman used to be seen as the establishment candidate but after losing the support of Uhuru Kenyatta he is now fighting back.

Speaking to the crowds he said: "The people of Kenya will prevail over the deep state, the people of Kenya will prevail over the system and we are going to have a nation that leaves no Kenyan behind. 

"It is about the empowerment of Mama Boga [ladies selling fruits and vegetables], the empowerment of the boda boda gentlemen [drivers of motorcycles], the empowerment of the hustlers, the empowerment of the ordinary citizens, it is not about sharing power."

Ruto was once expected to be President Uhuru Kenyatta's successor, but Kenyatta aligned himself with longtime rival Raila Odinga in 2018 and since then Ruto has lost ground.

"They said this was a constitutional moment, we told them no, this is an economic moment," he said.

"They told us it is about changing the constitution, we told them no, it is about changing the economy. They told us it is about sharing positions, we told them no, it is about creating jobs for the young people of our nation."

Ruto, has based much of his campaign on the idea of taking apart the old political order, led by Kenyatta and Odinga, and offering a helping hand to small businesses and poorer Kenyans. It is this section of the population where the bulk of his support comes from.

Nancy Njeri is a businesswoman and Auto supporter. 

"He will create good business for the low level business people like women who sell groceries, hawkers who are always being harassed by the city council officers, he will serve us and fix the economy and that’s why we love him," she explains. 

Artist Amos Kip, is also backing Ruto.

"I chose to support Ruto because I am sure when he is elected on the 9th of August to be the fifth president of the Republic of Kenya, he will identify and fix the problems,|" he says. 

On Tuesday, as well as voting for the president, people will choose members of the National Assembly and Senate, county governors and members of the county assemblies.

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