By Nita Karume,
January 26, 2018,
National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga offered to help Deputy President William Ruto ascend to the presidency in 2022. In remarks that will likely catch the political sphere by surprise, Mr. Odinga said Mr. Ruto would need the Nasa boss’s influence if he wants to become president.
The comments have no doubt rocked the political sphere since Nasa and Jubilee, are bitter rivals in the struggle for power. Moreover, it is not yet clear whether the remarks were mere banter. He has also hinted that he would support his running mate, Mr. Kalonzo Musyoka, for the same position. Mr. Odinga made the remarks during the burial of Orange Democratic Movement chairman for Kipkelion East William Koech.
The former PM claimed that Mr. Ruto’s dream of becoming President was only possible if the Kalenjin worked with him just like they did in 2007. Mr. Ruto and Mr. Odinga were allies in the election of that year which descended into chaos in which about 1,000 people were killed and 600,000 displaced from their homes.
According to an agreement between the President and Mr. Ruto, the DP supported the President to serve for two terms and in exchange, the President too would back him in 2022.
Responding to Mr. Odinga’s remarks, the Deputy President’s spokesman David Mugonyi said that Mr. Ruto’s focus was on the delivery of Jubilee agenda.
“We thought Raila had an agreement with Kalonzo Musyoka in 2022,” Mr. Mugonyi said. “For us, our concern right now is to deliver to Kenyans and not 2022 politics.”
MP Suna East Junnet Mohammed said that peace goes hand in hand with justice. As such, since the government is unwilling to cooperate with regards to the illegalities during elections, they will go ahead and “swear in” Mr. Odinga as planned.