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Boni Khalwale's remarks on Raila and Uhuru got Kenyans talking
By Wambui Mbuthia | Updated Feb 04, 2018 at 10:58 EAT
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Former Senator Boni Khalwale
SUMMARY
  • Boni Khalwale has once again stirred Twitter after he made remarks on President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga
  • The former Senator says that both leaders should agree to dialogue in order to unite the country
  • His followers agreed and others disagreed with his opinion

Former Kakamega County Senator Boni Khalwale is once again the talk on Twitter after he made remarks that evoked applause and condemnation in equal measures. Khalwale, who is a known supporter of National Super Alliance (NASA) Coalition leader Raila Odinga shook Twitter when he posted his stand on the current political state of the country.

The former lawmaker tweeted on Saturday, February 3, just days after Raila Odinga took oath as President of the Republic of Kenya. Raila, who insists he is the winner of the August 8, 2017, presidential election and not President Uhuru Kenyatta, took swore himself in on January 30 at Uhuru Park gardens after postponing the event twice. Uhuru took the oath of office on November 28, 2017.

According to Khalwale, Uhuru is the President of Kenya who lacks legitimacy while Raila is the peoples’ President who lacks legality to transact any presidential jurisdiction. He, however, says that both should step out of their zones and hold dialogue in order for the country to be united.

Wiper Democratic Movement leader Kalonzo Musyoka, who is supposed to be Raila Odinga’s deputy had talked in that tone prior to the swearing-in ceremony which he conspicuously skipped. Kalonzo said that failure to dialogue would only lead the country to chaos.

Legally, @UKenyatta is President of Kenya but lacks legitimacy! @RailaOdinga is Kenya Peoples' President but without legal authority to transact any government business! Uhuru, stop the crackdown. Raila, halt the bravado. Lead us to the National table of Dialogue & Brotherhood— Boni Khalwale (@KBonimtetezi) February 3, 2018

Khalwale’s tweet, however, evoked a lot of response with people torn between supporting him and condemning his views.

Those who supported his opinion thought he is a man with the interest of the entire nation at heart.

Well said @KBonimtetezi, now this is how our leaders should think n lead us, but let's not wait until when we see things start things falling apart https://t.co/Df8yHm8Nbf— Mng'aro T. W. Denje (@victordenje) February 3, 2018

I strongly support you mtetezi tell baba that without instruments of power then nothing will make him be the president. Dialogue is the only solution to this ailing country. Lets respect the rule of law as enshrined in the constitution.

— ole sina (@OleSina) February 3, 2018

One reason I support you is that you stand for what you know is right and defend
????— John Maina (@jonny_mallius) February 3, 2018

Dialogue has to start now because from Election crime to judicial crime and social crime to name a few. There is crime everywhere. People have to agree whether they have suspended the rule of law. https://t.co/cD2WQkkDEE— Reagan Munyifwa (@munyifwareagan) February 3, 2018

Bony thanks for being real! Leave out guys who are fighting hardline positions from the comfort of their phone key pads.— Sang (@OscarKipronoSa1) February 3, 2018

I strongly support you mtetezi tell baba that without instruments of power then nothing will make him be the president. Dialogue is the only solution to this ailing country. Lets respect the rule of law as enshrined in the constitution.— ole sina (@OleSina) February 3, 2018

Others thought he was turning against NASA which has been clear about its stand on dialogue right from the beginning. Those of this opinion told him to stop sitting on the fence and choose side once and for all.

I repeat again. There will be no dialogue outside our charter as a country- the Constitution of kenya. Hapana, hapana. Crackdown iendele— Benard Wasonga (@obenwws) February 3, 2018

I knew from the beginning you were not committed to the course! The only dialogue we are going to have is on having a free fair and verifiable election before 2022.— CPA Lawrence Otomu (@LAWRENCEOTOMU) February 3, 2018

Mhesimiwa @KBonimtetezi you surprise me But it's okay Msando is dead because somebody wanted to retain power at all cost, many NASA supporters have been killed courtesy of this regime,the church is silent and you're slowly warming up to Jubilee God is watching you Bonnie— Elly Baraza (@elly_baraza) February 3, 2018

I think that this is past Dialogue Mheshi, @skmusyoka has been calling for it before Presidents oath taking at Uhuru Park, none in jubilee listened, we even mocked SK for been so vocal in the call for dialogue, we can't keep on babying Jubilee, we should be respected.— Kwale Gooner (@SamAfc254) February 3, 2018

Who told you @RailaOdinga wanted to conduct government business? You totally missed the plot. On 30/1/2018, Raila entered a covenant with his loyal supporters and clearly, you aren't one of them. Kindly let us be. We now know on which side your bread is buttered.— John Ogola (@jjogola) February 3, 2018

Doc @KBonimtetezi you cannot be in limbo your are either with reformists or oppressor no two ways let us not fool ourselves ,you have freedom of choice if you have accepted to move on fair enough orio muno— Dr Andrew Suleh MD (@andrewsuleh) February 3, 2018


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