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Raila: Ruto not a hustler but a failed leader

By Alvin Mwangi
Thursday, October 8th, 2020
Former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga. Photo/Courtesy
In summary

ODM leader Raila Odinga yesterday took on Deputy President William Ruto dismissing his ‘hustler’ narrative as misleading.

Odinga described the hustler narrative as a recipe for anarchy and chaos calling for Ruto to instead concentrate of fulfilling promises the Jubilee administration made during campaigns.

According to Odinga, pictured, Ruto should be working hard to see how his administration will realise the five million jobs they promised.

“This nonsense should not be entertained at all. As a country we don’t need wheelbarrows, our young people want to be economically empowered,” he said.

Deputy President William Ruto and his political nemesis Raila Odinga have locked horns over the catchy ‘hustler’ tag.

Ruto for years has proudly called himself the Hustler and in his presidential campaign he is appealing to a nation of youth who struggle to get ahead.

He donates money and tools to help hustlers start small businesses and overcome Covid-19 hardships.

Raila told Ruto he should not hide behind the hustler label but should support the government’s development agenda.

At the same time, the ODM party, which issued certificates to it’s candidates ahead of by-elections, promised the mother of all battles especially in Msambweni constituency.

“We are telling Ruto to warm up for a serious battle in Kwale. We have a strong team on the ground and as a party we can’t wait to retain the seat,” said ODM Director of Elections Junet Mohammed.

Ruto is said to be behind the candidature of Faisal Abdallah who will be running on an independent ticket.

The DP together with his coastal allies Nyali MP Mohammed Ali and Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa unveiled Abdallah at Ruto’s residence in Karen. The Msambweni seat fell vacant following the death of legislator Suleiman Dori in March.

Boga will face off with Wiper’s Shee Abdulrahman, United Green Movement Party’s Liganje Mwakaonje, and independent candidates Feisal Bader and Mariam Sharlet Akinyi.

The National Elections Board (NEB) also  issued nomination certificates to winners of the just concluded nominations exercise in  Kisumu North Ward in Kisumu County  as well as Wundanyi/Mbale Ward in Taita Taveta County for the December 15th 2020 by-elections. 

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