Deputy President William Ruto exploited the situation while his main competitor Raila Odinga tried to limit his campaign dialogue after being told by the Church to exclude politics from his speech
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s succession politics prominently played out between the two main protagonists in Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila during the final sendoff of the late president Stanley Emilio Mwai Kibaki at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium and his rural home Othaya.
Deputy President William Ruto exploited the situation while his main competitor Raila Odinga tried to limit his campaign dialogue after being told by the Church to exclude politics from his speech, he concentrated on outlining the struggle they went through with the late President for democracy to transform Kenya into what it is today.
Raila Odinga mentioned what he and the late President did specifically on infrastructure, health, education, security, welfare, fight against corruption and the general development of the nation after inheriting a broke nation from the late President Daniel Arap Moi. The deputy president on the other hand said Kibaki put in place a foundation that President Uhuru Kenyatta inherited, and hopes that Kenya’s fifth president would continue to honour and protect his legacy, he hopes it is him the electorate will pick for the job in the coming elections. The DP took the opportunity to drum up support for his bid during the August 9, 2022, General Election.
He declared: “I can see his (Kibaki’s) shadow and influence in what is going to become of the fifth President of Kenya because I see the conversation around the economy of which President Kibaki was the architect. He sowed the seeds and laid the foundation upon which our fourth president built the expansive and elaborate infrastructure we see today in our country and I plan to follow suit,” said Ruto cheered on by a section of the crown.
Economists have asked how a known traitor could implement projects he has rubbished in the past and even tried to systematically sabotage in his selfish pursuit for power?
What is clear though is that DP Ruto transported hired supporters from up-country to Nairobi and then to Othaya to pander to his political whims during the State burial of a highly respected veteran statesman. The DP brought up his Bottomsup political rhetoric trying to link the model to the late President Kibaki’s legacy of the Vision 2030 economic blueprint.
Ruto is said to have played a central in the post-election violence in 2007 that killed more than 1,200, tens of thousands injured and hundreds of thousands displaced, some are still living in deplorable conditions as IDP in Ruto’s backyard Rift Valley
Economists have asked how a known traitor could implement projects he has rubbished in the past and even tried to systematically sabotage in his selfish pursuit for power? In conclusion, the DP said: “I want to assure Kenyans that this year’s general elections will be peaceful with no violence. As a matter of fact, there will be “no longer any need for handshaking” between leaders in this country. There will be no need for such handshakes.”
Ruto is said to have played a central in the post-election violence in 2007 that killed more than 1,200, tens of thousands injured and hundreds of thousands displaced, some are still living in deplorable conditions as IDP in Ruto’s backyard Rift Valley. That was in a clear reference to Raila Odinga’s earlier speech in which he and departed President Kibaki shook hands to kill off the fires that were burning in the country, especially in DP Ruto’s Rift Valley. Odinga had said: “With our departed hero we shook hands for the sake of our nation which is bigger than any personal individual of us.
Of the three politicians, Uhuru, Ruto and Raila it was Ruto who gave the longest speech, twice Raila’s, the shortest was by President Kenyatta. President Kenyatta gave a clear warning, saying: “As Kenyans who value the interests and prosperity of this nation, be very, very, careful and wary of those who speak with sweet tongues only to feed their pockets but they can never sacrifice to deliver for the interests of the nation and our people.”
That was the President Kenyatta’s message as he bid farewell to yet another retired head of state as he prepares to leave the state house after his two five year terms tenure
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