BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,17TH MARCH 2019-The Deputy President William Ruto and his allies have been warned to keep off ODM leader Raila Odinga and desist from unwarranted attacks directed at him.The warning has come from Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) legislators who says they will not allow.
Addressing the press on Sunday,the lawmakers led by Party Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna, they accused Ruto of being against the fight against corruption and discontented with the March 9, 2018 handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr. Odinga.
“The handshake was supposed to calm political temperatures and deal with longstanding issues such as corruption. Now you can see that after the war on corruption has been intensified, the corrupt have chosen to politicise this war and they are making noise all over the place and looking for diversions,” said Sifuna at a press address in Nairobi.
“We don’t want to be taken back to the issues that almost split this country. The handshake happened and those still living in the past and want to drag us back into the issues of elections let them not dare ODM because we have wounds that have began to heal and if you want us to reopen that discussion we are very ready.”
On his part ,Rongo MP Paul Abour warned that they could introduce a motion for the impeachment of DP Ruto “if he continues being an impediment in the war against corruption.”
“If the deputy president continues being an impediment in the fight against corruption, we as leaders are going to put a motion of impeachment of the deputy president in the National Assembly and get him out of office,” said the Rongo MP.
Kenyans have been treated to a protracted war of words in the recent past between Odinga and Ruto mainly emanating from ongoing war against corruption and the close partnership between President Uhuru Kenyatta and the opposition leader.
The deputy president and his allies hold that Odinga is out to break the Jubilee party from within as well as kill Ruto’s 2022 presidential ambitions
But speaking in Kibra last week Odinga dismissed the claims that he has a hidden agenda or any plans to cause division in Jubilee party.It remains to be seen just how and when the ping pong between the two will end.