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Ruto’s allies warn Raila against holding anti-government rallies in Kisii

Sunday, February 12th, 2023 15:22 | By
Ruto's Kisii allies warn Raila against staging his rallies in county
Former Kisii Governor James Ongwae during a past function. Photo/PD/Robert Ochoro

Kisii leaders have starkly warned Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga against holding public rallies in the region terming it incitement.

The leaders allied with President William Ruto's UDA party stated that Odinga is not welcome in Kisii where he named among the counties he plans to stage his broad rallies against the government.

Speaking in a press briefing, the politicians led by former Kisii governor James Ong'wae and former Deputy Governor Joash Maangi, called out Raila claiming he has not staged the rallies in his home counties and so he should not head to Kisii.

"It, therefore, comes as a surprise to us to learn that the same Raila is inciting the people of Gusii and trying to turn them against the government of the day," he said.


"We as Gusii leaders reject this attempt and condemn it in the strongest terms possible. Raila Odinga must leave us as the Omogusii to hit our political future, which is with William Ruto."

"It should be noted that none of the so-called maandamanos has been held in Luo Nyanza. Why? Why is he misusing other people? As the Gusii community, we disassociate ourselves from those maandamanos and let him know that he is not welcome to Kisii, aende afanyie huko kwao! Sio hapa."

At the same time, the former governor called out Raila claiming the alleged police raid at former Cabinet Secretary (CS) Fred Matiang'i, is a strategic move to seek sympathy ahead of his Kisii visit.

He claimed it was also meant to distract Education CS Ezekiel Machogu's Homecoming scheduled for late this month.

"We as Omogusii leaders reject any attempt by Raila and his puppet Matiangi to turn us against our president. It will not happen! We also condemn the so-called maandamanos and warn Raila to restrict them to Luo Nyanza not Kisii," he said.

"Machogu’s homecoming will still be there, we believe that Omogusii will come out in large numbers to welcome H.E William Ruto to Gusii. Nothing, no amount of intimidation will turn us against our beloved president and our minister."

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