The political war between Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga are escalating, with the former terming Ruto as a pathological liar.
In a statement meant to debunk Ruto’s statement against Mr Odinga, ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna said that Ruto lied throughout an interview he had with Citizen’s Hussein Mohammed.
“Among these lies was that the Rt Hon Raila Odinga approached him four times prior to the famous handshake for purposes he did not disclose. This would be laughable if the accusation didn’t raise such grave concerns,” said Sifuna.
“Rt. Hon Raila Odinga had ran in the 2017 elections against President Uhuru Kenyatta, not Deputy President William Ruto. There would be no logic at all in Rt. Hon Odinga making approaches to a Deputy President”.
Sifuna further stated that prior to the handshake, Raila stopped all ODM party members from making contact with Ruto or his allies, after discovering ulterior motives from the Ruto camp.\
In the statement, Sifuna accuses Ruto of insurbonination, even to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“It is a poorly kept secret in the Ruto entourage that Ruto and his supporters see the President as a man who is not in charge, and that they can do a better job than him. Ruto’s message via Sudi was that he was the one in charge of the country and he wanted Mr. Odinga to work with him,” says Sifuna.
“Rt Hon Odinga asked his staff member to stop further contact with Oscar Sudi on learning what Ruto was up to. But Ruto would not relent. He soon sent a female former powerful Cabinet Minister from the Rift Valley to Rt Hon Odinga’s home, with the same proposal to help tame “Uhuru and his people”. The said former Cabinet minister was to attempt this mission on at least 4 occasions. All these attempts were rejected.”
Sifuna also bashed Ruto for ‘condoning’ corruption, after stating that corruption cannot afect development in the country.
Ruto stated that corruption cannot stop development. We are yet to find a planet where you steal money meant for dams, roads, schools and fertilizer factories, and expect them to be built. For him really there is nothing wrong with corruption and we should learn to live with it. Since President Kenyatta launched his unrelenting war on corruption, Ruto has done all he could to undermine efforts of state agencies mandated with investigating, prosecuting and punishing the vice,” he continues.
Last night, while appearing at Hussein’s Newsnight programme, Ruto said that the former premier approached him four times seeking dialogue, which he declined.