Azimio party leader Raila Odinga finally revealed how former president Uhuru Kenyatta planned the August 2022 general election.
Speaking in Mombasa County on Sunday, January 8, Odinga announced that his handshake partner had made it clear he wanted free and fair elections.
He defended Uhuru against reports that he was interfering with the polls or using the much-hyped and feared deep state.
“Uhuru Kenyatta had said they wanted free and fair elections and that his government would not interfere. What happened is known to the public,” Odinga said.
Azimio leader Raila Odinga reads the Order of Service at the ACK Memorial Cathedral in Mombasa on Sunday, January 8, 2022.
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He added that he shared Uhuru’s view and was confident in winning in a free and fair race.
Responding to concerns about Uhuru’s absence from Azimio, he confirmed that the coalition chairman was still an active member.
Raila insisted that the truth about the election in which President William Ruto was declared the winner would soon be revealed.
“There is the Gospel according to Mathew (Wafula Chebukati), Siant Mark (Juliana Cherera) and Luke (Jackson Ole Sapit), and there is the Gospel according to Saint John.
“Saint John will lift the lid on exactly what happened in the Bomas of Kenya. Many are waiting for me to speak, but I will wait for him to speak before I do,” he explained.
The Azimio chief criticized Ruto for allegedly turning the altar into a political pulpit and condemned the latest attacks on him during church services.
He asked the president not to use the church to publicize projects his administration is undertaking or engaging in pro-government politics.
Nevertheless, he repeated his clarion call to the governors in opposition to liaising with the current government for development.
In December 2022, Embakasi East MP Babu Owino revealed that he was urging former Home Affairs PS Karanja Kibicho to arrest outgoing Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati.
Azimio leader Raila Odinga arrives for a service at ACK Memorial Cathedral in Mombasa on Sunday, January 8, 2022.
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Kibicho reportedly refused to arrest Chebukati, leading Owino to speculate that Uhuru and his allies were running a fake deep state. This was one of the examples that showed Uhuru’s determination to let TBEN choose their own leader.
A few days after the polls, the former president smilingly assured the country that he would hand over power. He went on to congratulate Ruto on his victory and was rewarded with a special envoy scroll.
Months later, speculation of a Ruto-Uhuru handshake was rife, forcing Raila to deny the reports. Nevertheless, Uhuru has yet to publicly state if he is still in Azimio or would opt out.
Analysts argued that one of the main issues keeping him under water was that Ruto was lukewarm in examining his administration and his role in the August 9 polls.
“I have to go slow with certain things to get the country out of the mess we are in without overloading it with so many other problems, our plate is full,” Ruto stated in a television interview on Wednesday, January 4.