Raila says he is open to working with a running mate from Mt Kenya

By Vincent Kejitan | 5 months ago
ODM leader Raila Odinga. [Collins Oduor, Standard]

ODM leader Raila Odinga on Friday stated that he is willing to work with leaders from Mt Kenya region, even if it means getting a running mate from the area.

Speaking to vernacular radio stations, Raila stated that ‘Raila-phobia’ should be a thing of the past because he closely worked with former President Mwai Kibaki.

“I campaigned for Kibaki when he was on a wheelchair in 2002. I visited several parts of central Kenya.

“There was a time I was like a saint in Mt Kenya…we even did his (Kibaki’s) swearing-in when he was on a wheelchair,” he said.

On his differences with a section of leaders from central, Odinga said there is nothing personal since this is a common occurrence in politics.

The former Prime Minister also opined on the handshake and talk that it disrupted Uhuru’s Big Four Agenda.

He stated that he is not part of government therefore those claiming it halted some projects are just looking for a scapegoat.

“How did the handshake stop the Big Four Agenda? I am not in government and no one from my camp is working in government.

“Who has stopped the government from delivering its promises to the people of Kenya?” he asked.

Odinga also pointed an accusing finger at Deputy President William Ruto saying he wants to be part of the wins of Uhuru’s tenure but does not want to be associated with the shortcomings of government.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto. [File, Standard]

“The President has been going round trying to launch projects but his Deputy has been focusing on the failed promises, blaming me and Uhuru.

“They are like Siamese twins…whatever is happening in government is between them,” he said.

There has been pressure on Ruto to resign and Odinga said if the DP feels things are not right and he is principled, he should step aside.

Earlier this week, President Uhuru Kenyatta asked Ruto to resign if he is dissatisfied with the government.

The President was speaking for the first time since the Court of Appeal upheld High Court's decision rendering the BBI process unconstitutional.

In meeting with the country's senior editors on Monday, the Head of State asked the DP to quit government if he was tired or dissatisfied with its functions.

"I have an agenda that I was elected on. The honourable thing to do if you are not happy with it is to step aside and allow those who want to move on to do so then take the agenda to the people," the president said.

Ruto, on his part, vowed to stay put in the Jubilee regime and that he won't retreat or surrender. The DP said he will not be cowed by threats and intimidations from some state officials he claimed were frustrating his campaigns to sell his bottom-up economic agenda in the country. 

“I am a man of vision and I have no space to retreat and the luxury to surrender,” Dr Ruto told mourners at Rashia village on the outskirts of Taveta town in Taita-Taveta County on Tuesday.

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