The handshake has morphed into a scheme by the “dynasties” to block Deputy President William Ruto from succeeding his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta- Ruto’s team now allege.
The DP and his camp claim they are pulling out all the stops to face Opposition leader Raila Odinga in the 2022 General Election.
Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale yesterday night alleged they were aware of a scheme by the “royal families” to front Raila against Ruto in the next election.
The abrasive politician branded ‘bull fighter’ has since framed the upcoming political battle as one between the hustler nation against the dynasties.
In an interview on KTN News’ Point Blank’ Khalwale cited remarks by Siaya Senator James Orengo and Raila’s elder brother Oburu Oginga that the former premier would give the top seat another stab as the strongest indication that Raila was being groomed to take over after Uhuru.
The ex lawmaker sensationally claimed that Central Organization of Trade Unions (Cotu) Secretary General Francis Atwoli had already been tasked to “manage” Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi.
This, he claimed, was meant to ensure Raila remains the sole candidate for presidency from the royal families in the run-up to the General Election.
“I go by what James Orengo and Oburu said. They are the ones who traditionally let out the cat on Raila Odinga. The person I would advise Ruto to prepare for is Raila as his opponent,” he said.He said the manner in which the handshake and Building Bridges Initiative was being pushed aggressively was also part of the political game plan.
He described Ruto as an astute politician who has demonstrated his commitment to “uplifting” the lives of the hoi polloi through his generous contributions in weekend harambees.
The remarks come barely a day after Raila taunted the Tangatanga team allied to Ruto, saying that the country’s political battle will be between a united and prosperous nation that is devoid of corruption against those who believe in the status quo made of ethnic divisions, theft and plunder of public resources.
Khalwale said they were ready for new political formation should Jubilee Party fold before the next poll.
Khalwale claimed that after the August 8 election, an attempt was made to attract Luhya leaders to support Uhuru in the repeat election.
“I was approached and I declined. CS position was on the card and I declined based on principle. When Ruto approached me, I told him I will listen to the people and I finally made the pronouncement,” said Khalwale.
He added: “The people saying that I have sold my soul must be missing me. Those making the claims are from Mudavadi and Raila’s camp, and I put it to them to ask their bosses what they paid me to support Mudavadi in 2013 and Raila in 2017,” he said.
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