Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga urged Vice President William Ruto to learn lessons from the 2008 grand coalition government and refrain from opposing the government.
Odinga advised Ruto by speaking to young people in Nairobi on Wednesday, January 13, while mobilizing his support for the Bridge Building Initiative (BBI).
He claimed that sharing power with former President Mwai Kibaki in 2008 was one of the best decisions ever made in Kenya as it allowed the country to develop.
“The prime minister’s job ensured that the government was under control. Kibaki had his role and I had mine. We also made better decisions and solved the problems. Most of the developments we are enjoying now (in 2021) have been exposed. under our regime.
Vice President William Ruto addresses a rally during a Sunday service at Hope Church, Nairobi, January 10, 2021
“Were we tribalists sharing power like he (Ruto) keeps saying? The BBI will shape policy in Kenya and ensure that power is rotatable, as President Uhuru Kenyatta has said. Odinga said.
He added that the initiative was aimed at young people and that he would oppose any strategy that would distract young people from the project.
On Sunday January 10, Ruto lamented the fact that some leaders were still ethnic and had failed to notice that the dimensions of politics had changed.
He argued that Kenya’s politics were all about the con artist (ordinary citizen) against the dynasty (wealthy politicians from political families). His response seemed to be aimed at the head of state who had hinted that he wanted a rotating presidency.
Ruto’s remarks angered Kenyatta’s allies, some of whom accused the DP of disrespecting the president and promoting the politics of division. Speaking at the event Odinga attended on Wednesday January 13, MP named Maina Kanda dared Ruto to oppose the BBI.
“We know his tactics and he knows he has no more power and that he will not have any government post in 2022.Let him oppose the BBI and we will make sure he loses.
“We saw him threaten the leaders that they would lose their seat if they did not join his camp. We will not allow it. We will not even let him play with Nairobi County (by-elections) which belongs to Baba (Odinga) and Uhuru. Pride comes before a fall, ”Kamanda warned.
ODM chief Raila Odinga (left) with Vice President William Ruto during a football match on November 9, 2020.