Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu on Monday weighed in on matters handshake, causing rifts in the Jubilee Party.
Speaking on Monday, the county chief castigated the former Prime Minster Raila Odinga who has joined President Uhuru Kenyatta in the fight against corruption.
“He has come to wreck the Jubilee Party ahead of the 2022 General Election. His plan is to discredit the party and President Uhuru Kenyatta in the run-up to the polls and we as Jubilee members will be left looking like fools after destroying the good relationships we had,” he said.
His has however been viewed as a way to take the fight to his former ally Deputy President William Ruto.
In his address, Waititu noted that while Odinga claims to be leading the fight against graft, he has over the years been involved in some multi-billion shilling scandals.
One of them being the Ksh3.5 billion in the Kazi Kwa Vijana fund during his tenure as Premier, the Kiambu governor said.
He also pointed an accusing finger at Odinga for the 1996 molasses scam that hurt innocent Kenyans.
“Why are we listening to him yet we all know he is a crook? We won’t accept as Jubilee to be taken to the forest by an individual whose behaviour we all know,” Waititu said.
Recently, Waititu publicly differed with the ODM party leader on approaching the fight against corruption with caution.
According to the governor, “We should proceed together as one team even in the war against graft; we should exercise caution because (of) our people are in Rift Valley and they could be disadvantaged if some of the communities’ influential people are victimized.”
On his part, Odinga said he and the president will not be cowed but will instead “remain steadfast and take the looters to jail where they deserve.”