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Kabando wa Kabando claims Ruto, Raila in secret talk over PM post

Tuesday, February 21st, 2023 11:12 | By
Kabando wa Kabando claims Ruto, Raila in secret talk over PM post
Kabando wa Kabando. PHOTO/Courtesy

Former Mukurweini Member of Parliament (MP) Kabando wa Kabando claims Raila Odinga is on his way to Parliament as a Prime Minister (PM) courtesy of President William Ruto's plan.

In tweets posted on February 20, 2023, Kabando claimed that Ruto is baiting Azimio la Umoja One Kenya alliance.

He alleged that Raila would be Prime Minister through the constitutional amendments proposed by the government.

"Making this observation without fear, favour, bias, or prejudice: Ruto is baiting Azimio while Raila is on his way to Parliament via Ruto's sly constitutional amendments. Ruto and Raila in plot; secret talks. HIGH VOLTAGE PALACE CONSPIRACY against gullible, suffering Kenyans," Kabando tweeted.

He added that Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka would be made senior envy.

The former Mukurweini MP suggested that rebel Jubilee and ODM lawmakers who have aligned themselves with the government is just part of the strategy to prop up numbers in Parliament to guarantee an easy time passing the envisaged Constitutional amendments.

"Uhuru Special Envoy. Ruto President. Raila 'PM' via Bunge slot. Amiable Musalia is Premier CS. Soft Kalonzo Senior Envoy, shortly. Already, RAO's curtain raisers aka "rebels" led by an ODM Senator in, while UK's proxies via Jubilee "rebels" clearing dew. 2005 ODM big5 reunites?" Kabando tweeted.

Ruto raid opposition

Ruto has 'recruited' opposition MPs to shore up numbers and push through his legislative agenda in Parliament.

The President has set his eyes on securing an absolute majority in the National Assembly and Senate to guarantee an easy time passing bills.

Nine Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) lawmakers and 30 Jubilee MPs have pledged to work with the government against their parties' official positions being in Azimio.

The nine ODM lawmakers and about 30 Jubilee MPs have not been a party to the ongoing Azimio protest rallies.

The importance of an absolute majority was demonstrated in the administration of President Kenyatta, which pushed through both Houses of Parliament a bill to amend the Constitution to expand the Executive under the Building Bridges Initiate (BBI).

The effort was however derailed by the Supreme Court, which declared the bill unconstitutional.

The Kenya Kwanza Alliance has 179 MPs in the National Assembly against Azimio la Umoja One Kenya’s 157.

Winning over 10 of the 12 independent MPs, and with 30 Jubilee MPs and nine ODM lawmakers having pledged their loyalty to the government, the possibility of bridging the 44-member gap to a two-thirds majority (233 of the 349 MPs) is moving closer to reality.

Any president struggling with numbers in Parliament is at risk of having his legislative and budgetary proposals constantly thrown out or frustrated. In the worst-case scenario, the president may be impeached.

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