- ODM deputy party leader Wycliffe Oparanya Tuesday demanded that the DP apologises for his “con man” remark on Mr Odinga.
- Chepalungu MP Gideon Koskei and Bomet Woman Rep Joyce Korir said ODM is out to rock Jubilee from within.
- At the Coast, the DP has been going about campaigning undeterred, and has now targeted members of the county assemblies.
The back-and-forth between allies of Deputy President William Ruto and those of ODM leader Raila Odinga continued Tuesday, with Jubilee leaders asking the ODM leader to “stop pretending to be a co-president.”
The leaders said that after the March 9 handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta, Mr Odinga had used his Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party to “undermine the DP.”
This, even as ODM deputy party leader Wycliffe Oparanya Tuesday demanded that the DP apologises for his “con man” remark on Mr Odinga.
“The details of this handshake between the President and Mr Odinga must be revealed so that Mr Odinga stops hiding behind it to attack the Deputy President. The working arrangement between the President and the Opposition leader did not entail undermining Mr Ruto,” Nandi Governor Stephen Sang told the Nation.
Chepalungu MP Gideon Koskei and Bomet Woman Representative Joyce Korir said ODM is out to rock Jubilee from within, an accusation the DP made on Sunday, triggering a round of dismissals from Mr Odinga’s camp.
“Mr Odinga should stop portraying himself as a co-president with Mr Kenyatta,” Mr Koskei said.
“If Raila is really genuine with the handshake, why has he not held a meeting with the DP?”
Mrs Korir said: “Mr Odinga wants to create a crisis in Jubilee, and he needs to be stopped before he causes further disunity in the party."
Mr Oparanya, the Kakamega Governor, on the other hand, said the statements made by Mr Ruto on Sunday, in which he said Mr Odinga was planning to force him out of the ruling Jubilee Party through his handshake with President Kenyatta, were unwarranted.
“It is unfortunate to note that the DP’s comments were reckless and in bad taste, coming at a time when the country is enjoying relative calm due to the handshake and do not, in any way, relate to the stature and dignity required of his office; neither do they inspire hope in a country riddled with politics of ethnic hate and corruption,” Mr Oparanya said in a statement. On Tuesday, the ODM Women’s League joined the leaders in condemning Mr Ruto’s utterances.