Raila responds to DP Ruto over his claims that he helped him become Prime Minister

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga has dismissed claims by Deputy President William Ruto that he made him the Prime Minister.

During his interview with Radio Citizen on Thursday, July 8, 2021, Raila said that Ruto did not really help him to rise to the powerful position of Prime Minister as he had claimed.

“When we went to Kasarani, it was a contest, I emerged first, and Mudavadi came second, and he came third,” Raila said.

“Mudavadi became the deputy prime minister while he then became the Agriculture minister,” He added.

DP Ruto, while hunting for votes for his 2022 presidential bid said that after assisting some of Kenya’s top leaders, he was ready to take the presidency.

However, according to Raila, DP Ruto aided himself instead because there is no evidence that he went out of his way to assist Raila in becoming Prime Minister.

“We were a team, he never gave me any money, he did not help me, he cannot say he played better than say, Farah Maalim, Joe Nyaga or Joho,” Raila stated.

Meanwhile, the ODM leader has yet to indicate whether he will be on the ballot in 2022.

“It is not time yet, when we get there, and I want to vie I will because it is my democratic right,” Raila said.

When asked if he expects to be endorsed by his handshake partner during the interview, he said no.

“Sijasema nataka endorsement ya Uhuru, ile kitu nitahitaji labda ni kura yake,” he stated.

At the same time, he downplayed accusations that he just had one bullet left in his political game plan.

“Mimi sikusema niko na risasi moja, sijasema niko na risasi moja, niko na magazine kubwa,” he said.

He also weighed in on the stalled constitutional amendments, saying the BBI journey is still on course.

“We can still do a referendum and the polls, other countries have even two referendums in a year, we still have a year so there is still time,” he added.

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    Written by Kennedy Omondi

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