Raila to Ruto - You Are Earning Illegally

  • Kenya's former prime minister, Raila Odinga
    Kenya's former prime minister, Raila Odinga
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  • Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader, Raila Odinga has urged Deputy President William Ruto to resign since he is earning a salary yet he is not doing any tangible work in government. 

    Speaking to a local radio station, Raila took issue with Ruto, accusing him of double speak in regard to how government is being run. Raila said the deputy president can't criticize the government yet he is part of it.

    “Naibu Rais William Ruto badala ya kumsadia Rais Uhuru Kenyatta kutekeleza ahadi walizotoa kwa Wakenya, amekua akiilaumu na kuikosoa,” Raila said.

    He went on to add that if DP Ruto is in government, he should be supporting the president's programs and not to distance himself from the shortcomings. 

    President Uhuru and ODM leader Raila.
    President Uhuru and ODM leader Raila.
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    The former Prime Minister said Ruto wants to take credit for things that are working in government, but when it comes to the shortcomings, he blames the President and and Raila. 

    “Yale mabaya yote ni ya Raila na Uhuru, but yale mazuri yuko ndani. Huyu makamu wa rais ni kama siamese twins sababu walifunga ndoa ya miaka mitano. Jamaa ako kwa serikali, lakini kila kitu anapinga,” Raila said.

    The ODM leader asked the DP to be principled enough and resign from his position, and save tax payers the millions of shillings he earns as salary and allowances. 

    Raila said this shouldn't look like a big deal because it will not be the first time the President's principle assistant has resigned, following a fallout.

    He likened the relationship between Uhuru and Ruto to the frosty relationship between Jomo Kenyatta and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga. 

    “My father was not fired by Kenyatta, he realised he was not being assigned duties, so he wrote his resignation to the president,” the former prime minister narrated. 

    He says his father left his office not because he was forced, but because his conscience made him feel he was not doing the right thing by earning yet he was not working hand in hand with his boss.  

    Raila also said he did the same thing in 1994 when he fell out with Kijana Wamalwa over Ford Kenya Leadership.

    He told Ruto to prove that he is principled, resign and seek fresh mandate from the people. 

    DP Ruto holding a campaign in Embu
    DP Ruto holding a campaign in Embu
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