Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya coalition chief Raila Odinga has rubbished claims that he’s in secret talks with President William Ruto for a handshake.
Talking throughout an interview with KTN Information on Tuesday evening, the opposition chief denied claims that a few of the leaders from the opposition who’ve been visiting Ruto at State House in recent weeks had been underneath instruction from him to barter for a chunk of a cake within the Kenya Kwanza administration.
“I can say with out worry of contradiction that I’ve not despatched anybody to Mr Ruto,” Raila mentioned, including that the Head of State had not reached out to him both.
“What I’m saying within the day is what I say additionally at evening. We’re not on the lookout for half a loaf and even underneath Uhuru’s authorities we didn’t even get 1 / 4 of a loaf. The one time that we went into authorities was in 2008 when the (handshake) was negotiated by the worldwide neighborhood,” Raila mentioned whereas responding to claims from Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua that the continuing anti-government rallies spearheaded by the opposition are aimed toward stoking a political disaster to drive Ruto right into a handshake with Azimio, a scheme they declare the ODM get together chief used to safe a pact with retired President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2018.
Raila insisted that he’s not concerned about a handshake with Ruto and distanced himself from Ruto’s bid to create an workplace of the Official Chief of the Opposition.
He claimed that Ruto is being pushed by the worldwide neighborhood to create the workplace of the Official Opposition Chief.
The opposition chief mentioned Ruto anticipated Azimio would win the presidential ballot and advocated for the institution of the workplace of the Official Opposition Chief forward of the August 2022 polls as a backup plan throughout his engagements with senior diplomats within the nation.
After being declared President in August, Raila claims, the diplomats approached Ruto and requested him to create the identical workplace he had proposed.
“They knew that they weren’t going to kind the federal government. When senior diplomats talked to him (Ruto) in July they requested him what he would do within the occasion he misplaced the elections. He mentioned that he needed to be a robust opposition chief and desires them to assist him pressurise me to create the place of opposition chief,” Raila mentioned.
“After the elections, they approached him and advised him to create what he had requested to be created. That’s the origin of this proposal. This I’ve gotten from a number of diplomats,” he added.
Former Mukurweini Member of Parliament (MP) Kabando wa Kabando just lately claimed that Raila is on his technique to Parliament as a Prime Minister (PM) courtesy of Ruto’s plan.
In tweets posted on February 20, 2023, Kabando claimed that Ruto is baiting Azimio.
He alleged that Raila could be Prime Minister by the constitutional amendments proposed by the federal government.
“Making this statement with out worry, favour, bias, or prejudice: Ruto is baiting Azimio whereas Raila is on his technique to Parliament by way of Ruto’s sly constitutional amendments. Ruto and Raila in plot; secret talks. HIGH VOLTAGE PALACE CONSPIRACY in opposition to gullible, struggling Kenyans,” Kabando tweeted.
He added that Wiper chief Kalonzo Musyoka could be made senior envoy.
The previous Mukurweini MP prompt that insurgent Jubilee and ODM lawmakers who’ve aligned themselves with the federal government are simply a part of the technique to prop up numbers in Parliament to ensure a straightforward time passing the envisaged Constitutional amendments.