"Raila the enemy I wouldn't wish on anyone! Moi and Uhuru failed, will Ruto manage him?" - Prof. Mutahi Ngunyi

for Tv47 Digital December 06, 2022, 08:51 AM
Raila Odinga on planned engagement forums at Kamukunji Grounds
Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition leader Raila Odinga and Narc Kenya Part leader Martha Karua during a press conference on December 5 2022.

In Summary

  • President William Ruto says that the opposition want to blackmail his government by organising demos, but will not succeed in that quest.

  • He says, "you will not blackmail this nation and threaten the people of Kenya. We want to move this country forward and you will not drag us back."

The Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition leadership on Monday, December 5 reiterated its stance, calling for a mass action to call out President William Ruto's government for perceived illegalities.

Raila Odinga said that the coalition was within its right to engage with its supporters in protesting against what they term as "President Ruto's plot to turn Kenya into a dictatorship."

There has been an uproar from a section of Kenyans who want Raila to stop the meetings, on grounds that they will be chaotic and violent.

But in a rejoinder, the former prime minister clarified that the nationwide public consultative forums set to start on Wednesday, December 7, at Kamukunji Grounds, Nairobi, are not demonstrations as has been interpreted by some Kenyans.

"If we wanted to do a protest, we would have informed the police to provide security but we are not demonstrating, we are not engaging in any act of thuggery or hooliganism and no property will be destroyed," Raila said, adding, "we urge the government not to use this as an excuse to bring thugs there to try and disrupt this function."

Raila's statement came after President Ruto revealed that he had instructed Interior Cabinet Secretary Prof. Kithure Kindiki to deploy enough security as the opposition carries out demonstrations.

"I have told Prof Kindiki to ask the opposition for their demonstration schedule so that we can give them enough security to protect them and to avoid property destruction," said Ruto.

Mtajua hamjui

Speaking during an interdenominational thanksgiving ceremony at the Embu University on Monday, December 5, Ruto said that the opposition wanted to blackmail his government, but will not succeed in that quest.

"They have realised that we have an agenda for our people and that is why they are bringing protests to halt our programmes. But I want to tell them that this year and this time round mtajua hamjui. I had told them in advance even during the electioneering period. You will not blackmail this nation and threaten the people of Kenya. We want to move this country forward and you will not drag us back,” Ruto said.

But during a press conference on Monday, December 5, Narc Kenya Party leader Martha Karua - a member of Azimio - wondered where Kenya Kwanza got the notion that they will cause chaos during their consultation forums.

She insisted that the right to engage with supporters and even to demonstrate peacefully is protected in the Constitution, and it should not be a favour from the government to allow then to do so.

Raila's demonstrations

But this has been Raila's script during his 30-year political career.

According to renown political analyst Prof. Mutahi Ngunyi, President Ruto is trying to tame a man who his predecessors had failed.

"Raila the Babaman is an ENEMY I would NOT wish on ANYONE. But will Ruto MANAGE him? He thinks he will. Moi tried, he FAILED. Handshake. Uhuru TRIED, he Failed. Handshake," Prof. Ngunyi said.

Azimio is protesting the manner in which the four dissenting Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) have been treated.

President Ruto has since suspended the four - Juliana Cherera, Justus Nyang'aya, Francis Wanderi and Irene Masit - from office and appointed a Justice Aggrey Muchelule-led tribunal to probe their conduct during the August 9 2022 General Election.

The four disowned the election results that declared Prssident Ruto winner of the August 9 presidential polls as announced by IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati.

In addition to the forums at Kamukunji, Raila said the opposition will hold a parallel celebration at the Jacaranda Grounds on Jamuhuri Day.

"We will be celebrating Jamhuri Day with Kenyan patriots and it is also going to be a very peaceful congregation. No protests, no picketing, although that is also guaranteed by the constitution of Kenya,” added Raila.

Prof. Ngunyi says that Raila is out to frastruate Ruto.

"Raila will HOLD parallel RALLIES on National DAYS like December 12th to IRRITATE Ruto. Is this GOOD or BAD?"

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