Political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi has urged Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga to focus on leadership rather than politics. Ngunyi, in a tweet, said the country needs leadership from both Ruto and Raila.
He noted that the two leaders have support from different parts of the country and urged them to be the “bigger man” for the sake of the nation. He also criticized the involvement of MPESA bishops in politics, saying they should not give counsel to politicians.
”Dear Ruto: What COUNTRY needs now is LEADERSHIP, not POLITICS. Leadership from YOU and leadership from BABAMAN. You have HALF the country. He has HALF the COUNTRY. Be the BIGGER man. And MPESA Bishops will NOT give you this COUNSEL.” He wrote.
The call for leadership comes at a time Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition leader Raila Odinga on Thursday declared the official start of countrywide mass action after the lapse of ultimatum issued to the Kenya Kwanza government.
Azimio has also launched the Movement for Defense of Democracy (MDD), an initiative that is against the current regime.
This follows Wednesday’s lapse of the 14-day ultimatum the Azimio leader had issued to President William Ruto to expedite the opening of the 2022 presidential election servers and address the high cost of living.
“We have launched a campaign of defiance of peaceful picketing, peaceful protests, boycotts, strikes, disobedience, petitions, sit-ins and peaceful demonstrations. And it begins today and now,” Mr Odinga said.
He also signalled a massive rally planned in Nairobi on March 20.
“After we have done what we have to do, wherever we are in every corner of the country, we shall finally converge in
Nairobi. Take note that on March 20, 2023, we have a date with destiny in Nairobi,” he added.
The media event took place Thursday at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation in Upper Hill, Nairobi.