Raila, Kalonzo fault withdrawal of cases against Ruto allies

Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka console Governor Fernandes Barasa during the burial of his mother in Mumias East. [Benjamin Sakwa, Standard]

Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Coalition leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka have urged their troops and supporters to remain in the opposition as they vowed to hold President William Ruto’s government accountable.

They said the government was already oppressing the people and that they would not remain silent while the masses suffered.

“Azimio leaders and supporters don’t have to kneel before them for them to develop your region. You pay taxes and are guaranteed to benefit from the taxes, should anyone deny you that right I will come in and direct you on what to do,” Raila said.

He was speaking at Muroni Primary School, Mumias East constituency, at the funeral of Philomena Mutelwa, the mother of Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa.

No tax raise

Raila warned that the opposition would not allow the government to raise taxes without public participation.

The former presidential candidate also took issue with the Kenya Kwanza administration’s “selective application of justice,” saying they are manipulating the justice system to free Ruto allies and punish Azimio supporters.

“How do you justify dropping criminal charges against Mithika Linturi, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, and Aisha Jumwa while imprisoning Sirisia MP John Waluke of Jubilee)?”

Raila said he did not lose the presidential election to Ruto seeing as the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was split on who won. “Tell me who was telling the truth between the three IEBC commissioners who said I lost and the four who said I won.

“I would have conceded if I had lost.”

The ODM leader said the presidential election results were tampered with and stated that he was not done fighting for the top position. He promised he would soon reveal what happened during the elections and lay out the next steps.

Wiper leader Kalonzo, whose close ally Kitui Senator Enock Wambua has hinted will run for president, has asked the Mulembe nation to celebrate the democratic tenets that stipulate the separation of opposition and government.

He urged elected leaders to remain on whichever political side they were on, claiming that devolution, which ensures development in all parts of the country, had made staying inside or outside government less important.

“If we say Kenyans are suffering that is the truth. Let’s not take politics personally like I see Gachagua do whenever we put Kenya Kwanza on check,” he said.