Raila plot­ting to split Ju­bilee, claims Ruto

Deputy Pres­i­dent once again throws barbs at peace pact be­tween op­po­si­tion leader and Pres­i­dent Keny­atta, ac­cus­ing Odinga of con­man­ship

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MO­HAMED AHMED amo­hamed@ke.na­tion­media.com AND LU­CAS BARASA lbarassa@ke.na­tion­media.com

Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto yes­ter­day put the hand­shake be­tween Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta and Op­po­si­tion leader Raila Odinga to test when he ac­cused the ODM leader of plot­ting to di­vide Ju­bilee lead­er­ship.

An­gered by re­ports by Mi­nor­ity Whip Junet Mo­hamed that he hosted some MPS in his Karen home to scut­tle the Fi­nance Bill, Mr Ruto said he will not sit down and watch the Op­po­si­tion wreck­ing the rul­ing party.

In a bare-knuckle at­tack on Pres­i­dent Keny­atta's new­found ally, the DP said ODM should not try to bring con­fu­sion and ‘con­man-ship, gos­sips and hypocrisy' into Ju­bilee.

He said ODM was us­ing the truce be­tween Pres­i­dent Keny­atta and Mr Odinga to cause con­fu­sion in gov­ern­ment through pro­pa­ganda and false­hoods with the aim of wreck­ing Ju­bilee.

“The hand­shake doesn't give you a li­cence to try to bring con­fu­sion and pro­pa­ganda in gov­ern­ment. You chased me from ODM, now you think you can re­move me from Ju­bilee,” Mr Ruto said.

A bit­ter Mr Ruto, who was a mem­ber of ODM Pen­tagon, said the Or­ange party even took him to court.

“They en­sured that I leave the party and they even took me to court. That is what they want to bring here in Ju­bilee but I want to tell them that will not hap­pen,” he said.

Mr Ruto and Pres­i­dent Keny­atta faced charges at the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court over the 2007 post-elec­tion vi­o­lence be­fore the cases were dropped.

Speak­ing when he is­sued ti­tle deeds to Ma­jaoni res­i­dents in Mom­basa, Mr Ruto said Mr Odinga was dis­guis­ing him­self through his dal­liance with Pres­i­dent Keny­atta to see him leave the party “the way they did when I was in ODM.”

The DP, who is seen by Mr Odinga's han­dlers as his ma­jor threat if he runs in the 2022 polls, said: “I was in ODM and that is where they started sum­mon­ing me like what they are do­ing to Jumwa (Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa) and Dori (Msamb­weni MP Suleiman Dori).”

Ms Jumwa and Mr Dori, who were elected on ODM ticket, have de­fied the party's stand and have been mar­shalling sup­port for Mr Ruto in his bid to suc­ceed Pres­i­dent Keny­atta in the next polls.

Mr Ruto cau­tioned: “If they have come to di­vide Ju­bilee and the gov­ern­ment then we are telling them that we are alert and we know.”

He said Mr Odinga had a ten­dency of us­ing tricks in all the po­lit­i­cal al­liances he formed.

“You lied dur­ing Kanu, Cord and Nasa but we are telling you that there is no space for your lies in Ju­bilee,” added Mr Ruto.

He added: “They think they will come and split our party. Which Ju­bilee will they break? That is day dream­ing. They should for­get that. You should in­stead look for some­thing else to do be­cause that is not pos­si­ble.”

He said he was fully aware of what the hand­shake was meant for as he was among those at the fore­front cham­pi­oning for unity.

“We are com­mit­ted to the unity of Kenya and lead­ers work­ing to­gether but what we will not en­ter­tain and what we do not want and what is not go­ing to hap­pen is for you to ex­port con­fu­sion, pro­pa­ganda and con­man­ship into our party. We will not al­low it,” he said.

Lead­ers present dis­missed claims that the DP was be­hind the at­tempt to re­ject fuel tax law in Par­lia­ment.

Kwale Gover­nor Salim Mvurya said they would not al­low ODM to cause may­hem in Ju­bilee through pro­pa­ganda and false­hoods.

Mr Dori told off Mr Junet Mo­hamed, say­ing it was clear Mr Odinga had di­rected his troops to ob­ject to the Bill then play games by blam­ing other peo­ple.

Kisauni MP Ali Mbogo and Ms Jumwa urged Coast res­i­dents to chart their own po­lit­i­cal path, say­ing the re­gion has been in Op­po­si­tion since 1997 with noth­ing to show in terms of de­vel­op­ment.

Ma­garini MP Michael Kingi said Mr Odinga did not have the in­ter­ests of Coast peo­ple at heart.

“Some lead­ers just want to use us as a lad­der to achieve their self­ish ends,” Mr Kingi said.

Ear­lier, Mr Ruto at­tended a church ser­vice at Nyali Catholic Church and launched a bore­hole to serve res­i­dents of Ziwa la Ngombe.

Yes­ter­day, the Mi­nor­ity Whip dragged the DP through the chaos wit­nessed in the House 11 days ago dur­ing the vote on the Fi­nance Bill.

Mr Mo­hamed, a close ally of Mr Odinga, told Sun­day Na­tion in­for­ma­tion in their pos­ses­sion showed the DP met a group of about 30 MPS drawn from Ju­bilee and ODM, a ses­sion where strate­gies of scut­tling the Bill were ex­ten­sively dis­cussed.

Mr Mo­hamed main­tained they had names of ODM MPS who were in the del­e­ga­tion to Mr Ruto's of­fi­cial res­i­dence in Karen dur­ing the week the Bill was brought be­fore the House.

ODM, he said, was con­sid­er­ing dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against them.

Mr Mo­hamed claimed Mr Ruto wanted to show he has the num­bers in Par­lia­ment but also to use it as a weapon against the hand­shake.

KEVIN ODIT | NA­TION

Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto with Kwale Gover­nor Salim Mvurya (left) and other lead­ers at Ziwa la Ng’ombe in Nyali Con­stituency in Mom­basa where he com­mis­sioned a com­mu­nity bore­hole yes­ter­day.

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