- Speaking in Kakamega County, Mr Odinga maintained that he is the one who blew the whistle regarding the scandal.
- But in Narok, Mr Ruto’s allies asked Mr Odinga to own up to being part of the fake gold syndicate.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga and allies of deputy president William Ruto on Saturday clashed over the fake gold scandal.
Speaking in Kakamega County, Mr Odinga maintained that he is the one who blew the whistle regarding the scandal.
But in Narok County, several MPs allied to the deputy president alleged that Mr Odinga was part of the fraudsters in the fake gold scandal and urged him to come clean on the matter.
Mr Ruto, however, declined to comment on the saga.
In Kakamega, Mr Odinga told off those linking him to the scandal saying there is no way he could have been involved in the dirty dealings.
While distancing himself from the scam, Mr Odinga maintained that he was the whistle-blower after those who had been conned sought his help.
Mr Odinga said he assisted them by calling for investigations.
“Those who had lost their money in the saga sought my intervention. When I discovered the level of fraud in the whole issue, I blew out the scandal and demanded for proper investigations,” he said.
He castigated those calling for investigations against him saying the gold thieves are well-known and are trying to divert the whole issue through empty talk.
While saying the truth about the issue will soon come out, Mr Odinga said investigations were already going on and the perpetrators would soon be apprehended.
“Those who have been cheating people, taking their money and promising fake gold will soon be brought to book,” he said.
Mr Odinga was speaking at Shibuye village in Shinyalu constituency in Kakamega during the burial of the late Julius Atsango, the brother of Shinyalu MP Justus Kizito.
But in Narok, Mr Ruto’s allies asked Mr Odinga to own up to being part of the fake gold syndicate.
They said there was compelling evidence that the opposition chief had a hand in the alleged gold crime.