In Summary
  • Addressing a church service at Bondo Anglican Church in Mr Odinga’s political bedrock, Mr Ruto also declared that he had no grudge against Mr Odinga.
  • The Deputy President asked Mr Odinga, who has become one of his fiercest critics in the recent past, to “leave me alone and wait for competition in 2017”.
  • Mr Ruto is expected in Kisumu town today for another church function at the invitation of Catholic Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth. President Kenyatta is also expected to attend.

Deputy President William Ruto on Sunday said his support for ODM leader Raila Odinga during the 2007 elections led to his trial for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.

Addressing a church service at Bondo Anglican Church in Mr Odinga’s political bedrock, Mr Ruto also declared that he had no grudge against Mr Odinga.

“I supported Baba (Odinga) in 2007, which resulted in the violence that took me to The Hague. There is no enmity between me and Raila Odinga. I will be coming to seek his support in 2022,” said Mr Ruto while raising funds for the construction of a church building.

He recounted how he and Mr Odinga were in the same ODM team in the 2007 General Election, competing against President Mwai Kibaki who was seeking re-election. Mr Kibaki was declared the winner but ODM contested the results. Mr Odinga and Mr Kibaki later struck a power-sharing deal to end the post-election violence that resulted.

Yesterday, Mr Ruto said he hoped the former Prime Minister would reciprocate and support his bid in 2022.

FALLOUT

The two had a falling out during the term of the Grand Coalition Government, in which Mr Odinga was Prime Minister. Mr Ruto later went on to team up with Mr Uhuru Kenyatta ahead of the 2013 election and the two defeated Mr Odinga and his running mate, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka.

Mr Odinga, now leader of the opposition Cord, is expected to make another bid for the presidency in 2017, while Mr Ruto has said he will back President Kenyatta for re-election on the Jubilee Alliance Party ticket, and then make his own attempt for State House in 2022.

The Deputy President asked Mr Odinga, who has become one of his fiercest critics in the recent past, to “leave me alone and wait for competition in 2017”.

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