Raila Odinga has distanced himself and ODM from the chaos that erupted at Deputy President William Ruto’s Kondele rally on Wednesday.
Odinga said that the DP, like any other Kenyan, is free to travel and sell his ideologies to the electorate anywhere in the country during an interview with Musyi FM on Thursday.
“Mimi sitaki kuingia kwa mambo ya porojo, labda niongee kwa mwambo ya ukweli, Ruto ni Mkenya na anaruhusiwa kutembea popote kuuza sera zake,” Raila said.
The ODM leader went on to say that, prior to the DP’s visit, the ODM Kisumu branch had issued a statement saying that the second-in-command was free to visit and endear himself to the voters.
“Chama chetu, ile Kisumu branch ilitoa taarifa ikasema aruhusiwe Ruto auze sera zake kama mtu yeyote, kusiwe na vurugu yoyote,” Raila added.
Rail claimed that neither he nor the ODM had a vested interest in DP Ruto’s rally, including who chose to attend.
“Mimi sio mtoto mdogo niende kuorganize watu warushie Ruto mawe, kwa sababu gani? Ruto ni kitu kidogo sana kwangu,” Raila told Musyi FM.
“Yeye anaweza kwenda Kisumu kila mahali vile anavyo tanga tanga kila mahali akipiga .. anabweka hapa na pale, ni haki yake, ni binadamu, apige kifua yake, akohoe, ateme mate, hio ni sawa kabisa, hio ndio mambo ya siasa nchi yetu,”
During the same interview, the ODM leader also recalled his rally in DP Ruto’s home turf where he was welcomed by a huge crowd, and his rally proceeded without a hitch.
Raila also mentioned that several theories had been proposed to explain the chaos, including claims that the running battles were caused by a disagreement over handouts.
Shortly after his rally in Kondele was disrupted, and campaign caravan pelted with stones, DP Ruto took to Twitter where he castigated the ‘regressive stone-throwing culture’.
The DP who also toured Migori said, in 2022, should he be elected, will work to liberate the youth from a regressive stone-throwing culture by engaging them in gainful activities that will better their lives through the Bottom-Up Economic Model.
“Our plans and programmes will ensure that the youth are liberated from regressive stone-throwing culture by engaging them in gainful activities that will better their lives through the Bottom-Up Economic Model,” the DP Tweeted.