A Kenya Kwanza thanksgiving service at Kerugoya Stadium in Kirinyaga on Sunday turned into a political field as President William Ruto led his brigade in bombarding Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga ahead of his planned rally tomorrow.
Raila called the meeting at Kamukunji grounds in Nairobi following an election “bombshell” earlier this week in which an anonymous whistleblower claiming to be an official at the electoral commission alleged that the former Prime Minister beat Ruto hands down.
Raila, who will land in the country on Monday and head straight to the rally dubbed “People’s Baraza consultation”, is expected to address the rigging dossier.
President Ruto excoriated the opposition chief, describing him as selfish.
The Head of State cautioned the former Premier against causing political instability, adding that his administration will deal firmly with lawbreakers regardless of their status or positions.
“So, do not be afraid Kenyans. I will not allow a few individuals to threaten us so that we get distracted from the promises we gave to our people. Our focus won’t be swayed to serve their interests,” he said.
He remarked that Raila’s brand of politics was predictable: using his followers to intimidate the government and eventually get to power through the back door.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua claimed that Raila was angling himself for another ‘Handshake’.
“Raila Odinga thinks we will call him because we went to (his) Nyanza bastion the other day. I am asking Ruto to step aside and let us deal with him. His medicine is the son of Mau Mau,” the second in command said.
For his part, Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro said Azimio will not be stopped from going on with their rally, but they should expect serious consequences should the supporters disrupt businesses.