Kenyans do not want revolution

In Summary

• Yesterday nine MPs from ODM strongholds met President William Ruto

• ODM condemned the meeting as an attempt by government to distract attention from its failures

Raila Odinga addresses a crowd at Kamukunji in Kibra on Sunday, February 5, 2023.
Raila Odinga addresses a crowd at Kamukunji in Kibra on Sunday, February 5, 2023.

Yesterday nine ODM MPs met President Ruto, presumably to discuss how they could work with government while remaining in the opposition.

ODM spokesman Philip Etale condemned the meeting as a diversion to distract the public from the failures of government.

At the same time, opposition leader Raila Odinga is continuing his rallies to kick out the government, relying on a whistleblower's dossier that is widely believed to be forged.

What is clear is that Raila's revolutionary demand for the overthrow of the Ruto government goes too far for most of his erstwhile supporters. 

It is time for Raila to tone down his rhetoric and accept that President William Ruto will remain in office until 2027. He can still highlight the failures of government. But he will not succeed in overthrowing Ruto – which is the coded message of the MPs' trip to State House.

Meanwhile former President Uhuru Kenyatta needs to decide this week whether to remain chairman of Azimio. Realistically, he too should accept that Ruto is here to stay.

In return, if they accept his presidency, implicitly or explicitly, President Ruto should treat the former President and Prime Minister with the respect to which they are entitled.

Quote of the day: "War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over."

William Tecumseh Sherman
The American general was born on February 8, 1820

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