Recently, DP Rutoâ€™sÂ alliesÂ from the Coast regionÂ renewed their onslaught against the handshake between PresidentÂ Uhuru and RailaÂ Odinga
This time, the leaders, who spoke in the presence of the DP, said they wantÂ UhuruÂ to explainÂ Railaâ€™sÂ role in the Government
Recently, Deputy President WilliamÂ Rutoâ€™sÂ alliesÂ from the Coast regionÂ renewed their onslaught against the handshake between PresidentÂ UhuruÂ Kenyatta and former PMÂ RailaÂ Odinga.
This time, the leaders, who spoke in the presence of the DP, said they wantÂ UhuruÂ to explainÂ Railaâ€™sÂ role in the Government. Never mind the question is irrelevant sinceÂ RailaÂ has not joined the Government.
He is still the leader of the Opposition.Â Rutoâ€™sÂ alliesÂ were simply undermining the President, who has responded to this concern before. He has stated that the â€˜handshakeâ€™ has nothing to do with 2022 succession politics.Â
UhuruÂ said he madeÂ peaceÂ withÂ RailaÂ after both realised their political differences were driving Kenya in the wrong direction. It is worth noting the DPâ€™sÂ alliesÂ spoke just days afterÂ UhuruÂ had concluded his visit to Kisumu.Â
Ruto, who accompanied the President during the Kisumu visit, claimed he had reconciled withÂ Raila. He also assured residents he fully supported the â€˜handshakeâ€™ contrary to impression he was against theÂ deal. However, the DP was just playing politics, if sentiments by hisÂ alliesÂ are anything to go by. He does not believe inÂ peaceÂ betweenÂ UhuruÂ andÂ Raila.
During the 2007 elections, the DP was a keyÂ allyÂ ofÂ Raila. He stood firmly behind him, even during the post-election violence, unlike other members of the Pentagon, ODMâ€™s top decision making organ, who seemed to have developed cold feet. That is why many people are asking what happened between the once bosom friends,Â RailaÂ andÂ Ruto?
Â Either way, attacksÂ RutoÂ and hisÂ alliesÂ have directed atÂ RailaÂ are only meant to push a political agenda, not to resolve challenges facing the country.Â Ruto, who is hoping to succeedÂ UhuruÂ in 2022, fearsÂ RailaÂ could scuttle his plans. Yet Kenya is a democratic country governed by the rule of law, where anyone has a right to vie for any seat. And in 2022 election, Kenyans will get another opportunity to elect the president of their choice.
For President Kenyatta, he is busy pushing for the implementation of the â€˜Big Fourâ€™ agenda as he seeks to leave behind lasting legacy. In light of this, you would expect him to support a candidate who will safeguard his legacy and continue supporting the projects he is initiating. He is currently focusing on building aÂ peacefulÂ and cohesive country and winning the war against corruption.
In most cases,Â RutoÂ has steered clear of succession politics. However, does that mean hisÂ alliesÂ are tearing into theÂ Uhuru-RailaÂ dealÂ without his blessing? No! They speak for him. If this was not the case, we would have seen him tell them not to attack the â€˜handshakeâ€™. He, however, keeps quiet because it works for him.
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