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Ruto, allies say Raila should be held responsible for derailing Jubilee development agenda

By Anthony Mwangi
Monday, January 25th, 2021
Deputy President William Ruto addresses a gathering at Ruthimitu Mixed Secondary School in Dagoretti South, Nairobi. Photo/PD/Gerald Ithana
In summary

Politicians allied to  Deputy President  (DP) William Ruto claimed yesterday that  ODM leader Raila Odinga was laying ground to bolt out of the Handshake by blaming him for Jubilee government failures.

They said that Raila knew very well who is in charge of the government and so blaming the DP on the Jubilee administration failures was hypocritical and cheap politics.

Addressing a rally at Ruthimitu secondary School in Dagoretti South, Nairobi county, Ruto asked Raila to engage President Uhuru Kenyatta over his claims that the Jubilee government has failed Kenyans.

Ruto said it was wrong for Raila to criticise President Kenyatta through roadside political gatherings.

“You are disrespecting the President by criticising him in rallies. You are in government and has direct access to him. Why don’t you look for him and pass the message,” he said.

The DP criticised the ODM leader for engaging in petty politics, adding that he had played a central role in derailing Jubilee’s development programmes through the Handshake.

“Raila changed our priorities from jobs creation to review of the Constitution,” he explained. “He should accept he has been part of the failure.”

Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua asked the ODM brigade to leave the “Handshake” instead of issuing threats using the DP as the scapegoat.

“Uhuru is wise enough to know that it is him (Raila) is attacking. Hiding under the DP’s name is not only petty but insincere,” said Gachagua.

 Kipchumba Murkomen, the Elgeyo Marakwet senator, said as leaders, they had done their best, guided by the Jubilee manifesto, to invest in projects that would make the lives of Kenyans better. He argued that Raila had misguided the President, especially on Kenya’s development plans.

“Raila should stop abusing the President. Instead, he should share his three-year scorecard with Kenyans when he was in the government,” he observed.

Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa condemned politicians who were determined to divide Kenyans along tribal lines.

“That is why they are bad-mouthing the hustler narrative. This is not about a rich versus poor, but about building a united and empowered country,” he said.

Area MP John Kiarie dismissed propaganda being spread that the uplifting of the poor in the society is incitement.

Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa said Raila should be held responsible for derailing government’s development agenda.

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