Raila Tells DP Ruto To Resign Instead Of “Sabotaging” Gov’t From Within

ODM party leader Raila Odinga has once again hit out at deputy president William Ruto for pulling in the opposite direction as the government.

Speaking in Bondo, Raila asked the DP to walk instead of sabotaging the government from within.

Giving the example of his late father, Jaramogi Oginga, the opposition leader said Ruto should resign as his father did.

Odinga in Bondo
Odinga hosted elders from Mt. Kenya. Image/Courtesy

“When Jaramogi disagreed with Kenyatta on the issues of land he wrote a letter that said he found it no longer tenable to remain in government and he resigned. He had the courage and decency to say I am stepping aside because I don’t want to earn a salary and I’m doing nothing. So if you have a problem with your boss, take a walk! Get out of it!” he said.

On matters “handshake”, Raila said it was proving difficult for the president to deliver on his mandate as “the other one” pulls in the opposite direction.

“Uhuru (Kenyatta) has tried to live by what we agreed. But when Uhuru is pulling in this direction the other one is pulling in this opposition direction so he cannot be able to deliver what they promised the people of Kenya,” Raila added.

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Mama Ida Odinga. [Courtesy]
Further, he criticized Ruto’s “wheelbarrow Movement” saying tokenism is not the way to go.

“Ati unasaidia wakina mama, makanisa na vijana na wheelbarrows. Wheelbarrownomics will not solve Kenyan problems. You must address these issues properly,” he continued.

Earlier on in the week, the ODM party leader advised the second in command to take a walk if he was indeed sidelined.

Raila ruto
I’m not part of the Jubilee government. I don’t know what you mean by being sidelined. He is supposed to be part of the government… If I felt sidelined, I would take a walk… I would resign saying I can’t take a salary and I’m not doing anything,” Raila said.

“If someone chooses to sideline himself, he should not blame others for that.”

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