Former Nairobi County Assembly Speaker, Beatrice Elachi, has opened up on how former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, saved President Uhuru Kenyatta from an impending revolution.
Speaking in an interview with a local publication, the outspoken politician noted that in the three years since the handshake took place, the country has enjoyed relative peace.
Elachi revealed that Raila, in his straightforward way of operating, had reduced the state's propensity of foreign borrowing that was getting Kenyans on the edge.
She explained that a huge chunk of the country's debt was acquired during Uhuru's first term with his deputy, William Ruto, a time when Raila was firmly the leader of the opposition.Deputy President William Ruto speaking at a rally in December 2020
"Everything we did was in the first five years. In these three years Raila has been with us, we should thank God because if he was not with us, we would have a revolution in Kenya today.
"Let's thank God that He looked at us and thought that 'Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, you must take this man'. This government (including DP William Ruto) worked together for five years. This government borrowed money in those five years," stated Elachi.
"During Raila's time, the President has not borrowed money," she equivocally added.
Elachi further noted that Ruto was not the best candidate for the presidency because he was promising more than he could deliver
She noted that the DP, who is still part of the government he is attacking, took part in some of the decisions that have soiled its reputation.
On the other hand, she revealed that Raila has in most cases delivered on his promises stemming from his coalition with former President Mwai Kibaki.
The national debt has, however, continued to soar. As of June 2021, the external debt had already crossed the Ksh4 trillion mark.Former County Speaker Beatrice Elachi during a session in the Nairobi County Assembly in 2018.Daily Nation
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