In Summary
  • He said Mr Odinga is only pretending to unite Kenyans, but in reality wants to see divisions in the country by first wrecking Jubilee.
  • Dr Ruto's allies have been on record accusing Mr Odinga of taking advantage of the handshake aftermath to scuttle Dr Ruto’s presidential ambition.

Deputy President William Ruto has accused ODM leader Raila Odinga and his allies of scheming to lock him out of the Jubilee Party.

Dr Ruto claimed the opposition leader is responsible for the break-up of many other parties in the past having party-hopped in the pretext of forging unity in the country.

He said Jubilee founders are already seeing indications that their party is being rocked by the “invaders”, and asked other loyal members to roll up their sleeves and be ready to protect what they initiated.

“Let them be told early, while it is still daytime, before things run haywire. Let us be focused, we will not accept those who want to hijack matters to do with uniting Kenyans to destroy our party so that we go back to politics of ethnicity, confusion and divisions,” Dr Ruto said on Friday in Kisii County.

UNITY CALL

Noting that this is not the first time he is being fought politically, he said: “We have been there before, we have learnt our lessons and we are marching forward with the unity of our nation.”

He promised his opponents a gruelling fight and vowed not to accept divisions in the ruling party.

He said Mr Odinga is only pretending to unite Kenyans, but in reality wants to see divisions in the country by first wrecking Jubilee.

Dr Ruto said the ODM chief cannot purport to press for unity while chasing others out of the party.

“Unafikiria sisi ni wajinga kiasi gani? (How foolish do you think we are?) We are already seeing signs,” he said, vowing not to move an inch from the party that he co-founded with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

2022 ELECTION

At the time, Dr Ruto fell out with some of his allies, among them former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto, who later formed Chama Cha Mashinani and teamed up with opposition leaders to form Nasa.

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