Raila Odinga, the leader of the Azimio La Umoja coalition, has threatened to sue President William Ruto over defamation claims. Ruto had alleged that Raila was involved in the 1982 failed coup, but Raila noted that the case had been closed for lack of evidence against him. In a charged rally in Nakuru, Raila assured his supporters that he would sue Ruto for defamation, stating that his reputation was under threat.
Raila also identified other leaders from the Kenya Kwanza coalition who were spreading lies about him. He noted that his supporters cannot destroy businesses and that he had no issues with the Kikuyu people who had voted for him. Raila added that the Azimio La Umoja coalition could not be intimidated by a government whose legitimacy, they claimed, “was not recognised”.
In response, President Ruto had asked Raila to be true to his demands and noted that he was not genuine in his push for mass action. Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua had also noted that the Kenya Kwanza government would deal with Raila once and for all. However, Raila responded by stating that he was not afraid of anything, not even death.
“You can kill me, but you can’t kill the spirit of Raila that lives in the majority of Kenyans. Even if you assassinate me, my spirit will live on. I am ready to pay the ultimate price for Kenyans,” the ODM Party Leader noted.