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Siaya Senator James Orengo talks about Raila working with Ruto ahead of 2022 general elections

Days after letting the cat out of the bag, revealing a hutching plot to frustrate the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga and further shortchange the latter Siaya senator James Orengo is once again at it.

Orengo spoke on the ongoing speculations of a possibility of Deputy President William Ruto working together with his former pentagon member and the then Presidential candidate Raila Odinga.

Speaking to the NTV yesterday while likening the situation to former US President Donald Trump working together with Hillary Clinton, the senior Counsel said working with Ruto was impossible.

The former lands minister went ahead to sight a number of situations the two political heavyweights cannot agree on like among others, the fight against graft and the Building Bridges Initiative debate.

“It is a game of politics and nothing is impossible. But I think in terms of the basic issues like the BBI, things to do with corruption, things to do with inclusivity and abiding by the rule of law; those basic principles…If we had seen some semblance on the part of the deputy president then one would think about it but looking at the whole thing I don’t see any principles that can get us together,” said Orengo.

His words came barely days after Raila’s elder brother Oburu Oginga hinted at a possibility of the two leaders working together.

While talking to KTN in an interview Oburu said that Ruto and Raila were not enemies and if an opportunity like that presents itself in the future, then they will.

“Ruto and Raila are not enemies, they only differ on ideologies and I believe if we will get to appoint where circumstances will require them to work together they will,” said Oburu.

The East African Legislative Assembly lawmaker added that the coalitions currently being formed were bound to disintegrate ahead of the 2022 general elections.

“It is too early for those alliances to come, especially before we know the fate of BBI…When the appropriate time comes, Raila will form an alliance and those talking now will be surprised,” added Oburu.

His utterances concurred with those of the Gatundu South legislator Moses Kuria who had vowed to summon all his energy to bring the two leaders together.

“I was the first one to predict the handshake before it happened. Raila is my man and I understand him very well…Raila Odinga and William Ruto will work together before the 2022 General Election na kuna watu wataachwa kwa mataa (some people will be left in the cold) in what would be Raila’s last bullet for real,” said the lawmaker.

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    Written by Fred Orido




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