BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,21ST MAY 2018-A section of orange democratic movement party (ODM) are now accusing the deputy president William Ruto of working to undermine the spirit of handshake between president Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leadr Raila Odinga as witnessed in march.
The legislatures who included among others Anthony Oluoch (Mathare), Florence Mutua (Busia),Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay), Zulekha Hassan (Kwale), Koitamet Ole Kina and nominated MP Geoffrey Osotsi say the DP will have himself to blame should he not be elected president come 2022.
On Sunday, Ruto said Raila’s handshake with President Kenyatta was for selfish gains and not for the interest of Kenyans as he claims.
He added that the Opposition leader Raila Odinga was an enemy of democracy who never accepts defeat and was now using the handshake to change the constitution for personal gains.
This was after Raila, in his address to Kenyans living in the UK on Friday last week, maintained that he won the 2017 August polls.
He said the 2002 general elections were the only credible polls in Kenya’s history.
Ruto however maintained that Jubilee party won the elections. “There is no need to go around the world spreading propaganda and lies that Jubilee did not win the elections.”
“We won the elections early and in broad daylight. Kenyans decided.”.he said.
In apparent reference to Raila, the DP said the biggest threat to Kenya’s progress, stability and democracy were “people with questionable democratic credentials and dictators who participate in elections yet they cannot accept the outcome of any election”.
In their response, the ODM MPs said Ruto is a bitter man looking for revenge.
According to ODM MPs who addressed a press conference on Monday , the kind of politics being played by the DP and his cronies is meant to hold the country hostage.
They averred that hostage holding, and not Raila, is what stands in Ruto’s way in his bid to be president.
The MPs termed the DP as a hypocrite who criticised the 2010 Constitution and is now opposed to its repeal.
“He vehemently opposed the 2010 Constitution on grounds that it had loopholes. Now, when we call for the fixing of the loopholes, he retorts that the Constitution must not be changed. That hypocrisy is standing between him and the Presidency.”
The MPs said the country cannot be held back by the ambitions of one man.
They said the Constitution must be changed to perfect the systems of governance and to strengthen devolution “so that all Kenyans can benefit from its fruits regardless of who is President”.
“Kenyans are aware of these facts. They fear Ruto and their fear, not Raila Odinga or the handshake, is standing in his way to the Presidency,” they said.