DPPS – A section of Jubilee leaders have told Opposition leader Raila Odinga to stop attacking Deputy President William Ruto.
Three Governors and more than ten MPs said Mr Odinga whom they described as “leader with bad manners” should stop arrogating himself the duty to speak for Jubilee.
Speaking today at the Pentecostal Church of East Africa (PCEA) and St Benedict Catholic Church, Thika, Kiambu County, attended by Mr Ruto; the leaders described Mr Odinga as an insincere leader who wanted to wreck Jubilee the way he has done to the Opposition parties he has been in.
The Governors were Ferdinand Waititu (Kiambu), Granton Samboja (Taita Taveta, Nasa), Muthomi Njuki (Tharaka Nithi) and deputy governor James Nyoro (Kiambu).
Others were Senate Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki (Tharaka Nithi), Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu), Githua Wamashukuru (Kabete), Patrick Wainaina (Thika Town), Dindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Wanjiku Kibe (Gatundu North), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Ng’ang’a King’ara (Ruiru), Mpuri Apuri (EALA), Gathoni wamuchomba (Women Rep, Kiambu), Jude Jomo (Kiambu) and Ndia’s George Kariuki.
Mr Kindiki who is also the Senate deputy Speaker told Mr Odinga to keep off the activities of the Jubilee Party, saying the Opposition leader was bent on extending the wrangles and confusion in Nasa to Jubilee.
“I want to tell Raila Odinga not to extend the confusion and wrangles that have made Nasa to be in tatters to Jubilee because we are organized as far as leadership is concerned,” said Mr Kindiki.
He went on: “As Jubilee, we are not campaigning for 2022 or any other year but touring the grassroots to explore ways of addressing challenges facing the people as well as launching water, health, churches among other projects.”
“Jubilee Party is not campaigning because Mr Ruto is our automatic candidate who will take over from President Kenyatta when he retires in 2022 alongside Mr Odinga,” added Mr Kindiki.
Mr Waititu said the Opposition leader was not sincere, genuine and honest about the building bridges initiative as he was now undermining efforts to devolve the handshakes to benefit Kenyans at the grassroots.
“I know Mr Odinga than anyone else and can’t be trusted. He is banking on a referendum to amend the Constitution to create positions for people like him. But I want him to know that the President has said there will be no referendum, and that’s all” said Mr Waititu.
Mr Ichungwa wondered why the Opposition leader was now panicking despite asking Kenyans to unite in spirit of handshake.
“I don’t know why Raila Odinga panics when William Ruto devolves the recent handshake to benefit all Kenyans at the grassroots,” said Mr Ichungwa.
“We will not be intimidated by Raila Odinga who has already dismantled Nasa. He is not the one to tell us what to do as far as the leadership of this country is concerned. We have faith in leadership of President Kenyatta and the Deputy President,” he added.
Governors Samboja and Muthomi told the Deputy President not to be distracted by leaders who had no agenda for the country, saying his tours across the country were aimed at uniting Kenyans as well as addressing the challenges facing the people at the grassroots.
“I wish to ask the Deputy President to continue with his tours across the country in uniting Kenyans as well as focusing on the implementation of the Big Four agenda,” said Mr Samboja.
“We welcome you and ask you to continue touring Coast and I assure you that we will work together in addressing the challenges facing our people,” added Mr Samboja.
Mr Muthomi said the Deputy President was in touch with the people at the grassroots to explore ways of solving their problems during his tours and had nothing to do with politics as claimed by Mr Odinga.
“President Kenyatta told us to embrace the handshake but it’s a pity that when we go to the grassroots preaching peace and reconciliation, Mr Odinga is now telling us we are campaigning for 2022. This means, he was not sincere in the unity pact in the first place,” said MP Nyoro.
Ms Wamuchomba said Mr Odinga was free to tour the country to devolve the handshake that he had started with President Kenyatta instead of criticizing the Deputy President for doing the same.
“Mr Odinga can equally embark on tours across the country to preach peace and reconciliation. No one has stopped him from doing so,” said Ms Wamuchomba.
The leaders said they would mobilize their people to back the Deputy President for presidency come 2022.
Governor Muthomi said people of Meru and Tharaka Nithi Counties would rally behind the leadership of Mr Ruto when Mr Kenyatta’s term comes to an end in 2022.
“As people from the Gema region, we want to assure Mr Ruto that you stood with President Kenyatta in 2013/2017 and during difficult times. We will not forsake you,” said MP Apuri.
“We will return favour for what you have done to President Uhuru Kenyatta,” said Governor Muthomi.
The Deputy President said the Government was committed to the unity and the development of the country.
“The development of our nation is priority and comes before any other consideration,” said Mr Ruto.
He asked Christians to continue praying for peace and unity of all Kenyans, saying politics based on tribalism had no room in this era.