EYES ON PRESIDENCY

Let Uhuru retire in peace, stop burdening him, Ruto tells Raila

DP claims Raila biggest danger to devolution

In Summary
  • Deputy President William Ruto claimed Raila has been ‘sanitising’ corrupt officials who steal public funds in counties.
  • He alleged that Raila prevailed on governors to contribute (public) cash towards his presidential campaigns
Deputy President William Ruto addresses residents Makueni County
Deputy President William Ruto addresses residents Makueni County
Image: DPPS

Stop burdening President Uhuru Kenyatta with hectic campaigns to make you President, Deputy President William Ruto has told ODM leader Raila Odinga.

The DP claimed Raila has never voted for Uhuru but is now riding on him to traverse the country in search of votes to make him his successor.

He asked Raila to let the President retire in peace.

“You have resorted to using the President we elected to do your dirty work to look for votes for you when you have no agenda," he said.

Ruto claimed that the opposition chief was giving the Uhuru a difficult task of selling him to the electorate who have rejected him in previous elections.

“He is now hiding behind the President but we know who he is,” he said as he sustained his onslaught on Raila.

The UDA boss spoke in Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka’s Makueni base where his Kenya Kwanza brigade took their vote hunt.

Ruto, who traversed Makueni and Machakos counties in his marathon campaigns, was accompanied by a host of leaders as he rallied the region to elect him.

They included ANC boss Musalia Mudavadi, Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang'ula, former Machakos senator and UDA chairman Johnstone Muthama and Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua.

The country’s second-in-command attacked Raila as the worst enemy of devolution and a poor performer who failed to transform the lives of Kenya during his tenure in government.

He said Raila has been ‘sanitising’ corrupt officials who steal public funds in counties.

He alleged that Raila prevailed on governors to contribute (public) cash towards his presidential campaigns.

“If there is someone who is a danger to devolution, it is Mr Kitendawili,” he said.

Mudavadi assailed the former Prime Minister for supporting and downplaying the debt burden which he said has landed the country in deep economic crisis.

“You want to be president but you don’t know the burden of debt. Prices of petrol, foodstuff and drugs are high because of the high debt, how can you be president if you don’t know that?” he posed.

The former vice president persuaded Kalonzo against teaming up with Azimio saying the Wiper boss would have become a president by now had he not supported Raila in the past.

“Raila has placed a jam for a long time. He does not want to leave, if he does not want to leave, then let us remove him,” he said.

“You have carried Mr Kitendawili for many years, please, don’t carry him again,” he said.

Kalonzo was Raila’s running mate in both 2013 and 2017 general elections. Raila lost to Uhuru in both elections.

“These people are abusing Kalonzo. They are abusing him and again asking him to come to Azimio. How can you abuse me, ridicule me, insult me and then say you value me?” he posed.

Mudavadi said he ditched One Kenya Alliance where he was a co-principal alongside Kalonzo, Wetangula and Kanu’s Gideon Moi after realising they were being ‘managed’ to back Raila.

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