As the race for 2022 hits up with political leaders making inroads to the vote-rich Mt Kenya region, to grab a packet of the region’s vote block, ODM leader Raila Odinga has spoken.
Odinga who has not yet announced his candidature in the upcoming elections is believed to be the only challenger to Deputy President William owing to their constant jibes at one another.
Speaking yesterday in an interview, the former Premier warned the Mt Kenya residence to treat the DP with utmost suspicion, “and ignore his opposition to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).”
The ODM leader expressed confidence that his political debt dating back to 57 years ago when his father helped Jomo Kenyatta ascend to power, and his to Kibaki would be paid before DP Ruto’s 7-year-old debt.
“I hear that Dr. Ruto is demanding settlement of his political debt from you. His is only seven years old while mine is 57 years old… He should not jump the line, I am ahead of him and I know you will pay me first,” he said.
He refuted the claims of DP being a hustler, stating that it was an insult to the poor for a leader of his stature living in up-market and flying personal choppers to call himself hustler.
“Dr. Ruto stands for nothing in ideology and policy. He is only pulling a stunt on Kenyans that he is a hustler. A hustler who lives in an upmarket and drives top-of-the-range vehicles and occasionally flying own choppers coming down to the poor to give the wheelbarrows and mikokoteni is simply an insult,” he said.
Odinga termed the move logical nonsense, a fake and that which only serves to disintegrate the country along class lines.
“Look at it this way, founding father Kenyatta was of humble beginnings who was even jailed for agitating for self-rule.
His successor Daniel Moi was a teacher who was born in a very poor family while Mr. Kibaki was once a tout who had been chased from school over school fees.
The current president was even selling French beans outside Blue post hotel. Just like the way he has worked his way up, though suspiciously, it is the very same way all of us had our beginnings,” he said