2022 polls: Raila, Karua ask Nyeri residents to reject Ruto, Gachagua
Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua on Tuesday, July 5 held campaigns in Nyeri County for the first time since he named her as his deputy ahead of the August 9 general election.
The duo, who were accompanied by several leaders allied to Azimio, traversed the entire Nyeri County wooing residents to vote in their favour.
The leaders castigated the Kenya Kwanza presidential flag bearer William Ruto over the recently leaked audio, explaining how he (Ruto) almost slapped President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Raila urged the residents to support their bid saying there is no comparison between the duo and their opponents.
"Compare us with our opponents. Those who are saying that they want to slap others. Tell them to dare try," Raila said.
He also cautioned residents to be wary of leaders whose source of wealth is unexplained and who dish out huge chunks of money in churches and fundraisers.
"The only way we will be able to eradicate poverty is by fighting corruption. We have seen some leaders who have been dishing out money in millions in churches and fundraisers every month yet they earn way below what they contribute in a month," he said.
Karua hits out at Ruto
On her part, Karua said for the past four years, instead of assisting President Uhuru in delivering his agenda, the DP went ahead spreading "hate".
"Instead of assisting in realising the development agenda, he went ahead preaching hatred yet he was in the government. For the development records achieved, he claims to have participated in them but distances himself and blames his partner for what has not been accomplished and that is hypocrisy," she said.
She also urged voters to shun leaders who are spreading hate and anger saying a leader should portray maturity in politics and leadership.
"We should shun leaders who are spreading hatred and anger as they are not fit to lead. If one can claim that he can slap his boss, what can he do to you a common mwananchi.
"Let's elect leaders who have portrayed maturity as Raila has done. For those who are filled with anger, they should be given time to cool down," Karua added.