Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has caused a stir on social media after claiming that Raila Odinga, the leader of the Azimio la Umoja party, will abandon other opposition leaders when he meets President William Ruto.
Sonko, who is known for his controversial remarks, took to Twitter to express his views on the matter, attaching a photo of four opposition leaders: Kalonzo Musyoka of Wiper Party, Martha Karua of NARC-Kenya, Eugene Wamalwa of DAP-K, and ousted Jubilee’s secretary general Jeremiah Kioni. According to Sonko, these leaders will be left out in the cold when Raila Odinga meets with President Ruto.
However, it is unclear what Sonko’s basis for this claim is, and his statement has been met with criticism and skepticism from various quarters.
Some have accused Sonko of engaging in divisive politics, noting that the country needs unity and constructive dialogue to address the challenges facing it. Others have dismissed his claims as baseless and lacking in evidence.
Raila Odinga has been at the forefront of efforts to promote national unity and reconciliation, and has played a pivotal role in diffusing political tensions in the country through dialogue and compromise. He has also been calling for an end to political violence, which has claimed many lives and caused significant damage to property.
On Sunday, Raila called off a planned protest against President Ruto’s administration, saying that he was willing to engage in constructive dialogue to find a solution to the country’s challenges. He also proposed the formation of a bipartisan committee to address the issues, warning that he would call for more protests if the talks failed.
The recent protests in the country have been marked by violence and bloodshed, with many civilians and journalists being injured, and some losing their lives.