Azimio la Umoja Presidential candidate Raila Odinga has attacked Deputy President William Ruto over attacks on his handshake partner President Uhuru Kenyatta and claims he used public funds to fund a political agenda
During a rally in Shinyalu, Kakamega county on Sunday, March 27, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader spoke about Ruto’s allegations.
Odinga said if there was anyone whose campaign funds needed to be examined, it should be the DP, which the former prime minister says spends more than he takes in.
Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate during a campaign tour of western Kenya on March 26, 2022.
“Even though he only earns Ksh 2 million a month, he splashes almost Ksh 100 million on campaigns, but he comes here and tries to chatter and tries to point fingers at others and especially at me. Bullshit!” The presidential candidate remarked.
He argued that the DP was the one using public funds to facilitate his political campaigns across the country and dishing out money from unclear sources.
“After stealing your money, he comes to you with money in burlap bags and gives out money to the youth and women’s groups. He even donates to schools and bishops,” Raila claimed.
His sentiments come barely a day after Ruto, when the accused claimed at a rally in Mombasa that the head of state used Ksh1 billion to buy back members who had resigned from the ruling Jubilee Party.
The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) presidential hopeful threw a swipe at his boss, claiming Uhuru has been working more to restore the face of the anniversary rather than focus on more pressing issues like hunger and drought that have put millions of lives at risk .
“Do these people really understand what it means to go hungry? Even as citizens die of starvation in different parts of Kenya, Ksh 1 billion has been released to buy politicians to return for the anniversary.
“The greatest disgrace of all time is when, in a month when people are dying of hunger, a government spends a billion shillings buying politicians instead of food for the people,” observed Ruto.
Ruto’s comments further strain an already strained relationship he has with President Kenyatta. For his part, the head of state has accused his former deputy of trying to stage his impeachment during a meeting with Mount Kenya elders.
President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) greets his deputy William Ruto (right) during Jamhuri Day celebrations at Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi on Sunday December 12, 2021
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