3 times Raila and Ruto have attacked each since 2022 election

By , K24 Digital
On Thu, 26 Jan, 2023 14:18 | 3 mins read
Raila Odinga and William Ruto at past a function . Ruto was serving as the country's Deputy President. PHOTO/Courtesy
Raila Odinga and William Ruto at past a function . Ruto was then serving as the country's Deputy President. PHOTO/Courtesy

President William Ruto and his political nemesis Raila Odinga have engaged in public spat numerous times after the August 9 general election.

Raila, who has since declared that he cannot recognise Ruto as President of Kenya, has been blaming the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) leader for failing to keep his campaign promises.

Here are three notable moments the two have differed in public;

Raila on Ruto's win

The Azimio leader on Monday, January 23 vowed not to recognise Ruto as President of Kenya, claiming he is in office illegally.

Raila also demanded that the Kenya Kwanza government resigns, arguing that it had neither the mandate of the people nor the ability to govern.

In addition, he and other Azimio leaders asked citizens to reject the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) administration.

While describing the policies as “unfortunate and unfair”, Raila said they must be resisted and urged his supporters to start the resistance at once.

NCCK hail Azimio's rally in Kamukunji, says it's step in right direction
Azimio leader Raila Odinga enroute to Kamukunji grounds on December 7, 2022. PHOTO/Raila/Twitter

His sentiments have raised political stakes, setting the stage for what could turn out to be a protracted game of wits between the ruling Kenya Kwanza Alliance — of which UDA is a member — and the Opposition.

Raila maintains he did not agree with the electoral commission — which declared Ruto winner of the August election — and the Supreme Court, which upheld the election. He says the two institutions had been hijacked by cartels.

On his part, Ruto said Raila was keen on forcing a handshake arrangement as "he did during President Uhuru Kenyatta's regime".

These protests are not in public interest but intended to advance selfish business interests.

“I want to tell them to forget about handshake, and don’t tell us you do not want a handshake. We know you and we can see you," Ruto said.

Raila versus Ruto on IEBC commissioners

While Ruto insisted that four IEBC commissioners who rejected the August 9 presidential results should be investigated, Raila, on the other hand, has been defending them.

Raila in November called for protests to defend the four commissioners whereas Ruto insisted that they should be held accountable of what transpired during the announcement of the presidential election results on August 15.

Okiya Omtatah in court to stop parliamentary committee from interrogating dissenting IEBC 4
From left: IEBC commissioners Justus Nyang’aya, Francis Wanderi, Juliana Cherera, and Irene Cherop. They all rejected the results of the August 9 presidential election. PHOTO/Courtesy

“We cannot accept the commissioners to be sent away and impose on Kenyans a user-friendly commission,” Raila said.

Ruto responded: “The lords of impunity, who destroyed oversight institutions using the handshake fraud, should allow parliament to hold rogue officials who put the nation in danger by subverting the democratic will of the people to be held to account. New order is rule of law not wishes of big men."

Raila versus Ruto on cost of living

Raila has been consistently criticising the government for failing to bring down the cost of living.

The Azimio leader said Ruto's government had promised to lower the cost of living within 100 days of his administration.

However, the President has faulted the Opposition leader accusing him of being behind the current high cost of living after "sabotaging" Uhuru's second term whose one of the four key development pillars was food security.

William Ruto and Raila Odinga at a past event. PHOTO/Courtesy

"Our competition should know that we have a different approach, they are subsidizing consumption, and we are going to invest in production, it is a world of a difference. We are going to teach them Agricultural Economics ndio waelewe.

“Don’t lecture us on sustainable living. We will teach you Agricultural economics. We are looking at a permanent food safety solution, sio ile yenu ya kuongeza bei ya unga hadi imefika mia mbili," Ruto said.

He added: "Nyinyi mlitumia bilioni nane mwezi moja kusubsidize unga yenye haikufikia mwananchi, sisi tutatumia hio bilioni nane kusubsidize magunia milioni sita ya kusaidia wakulima watuzalishie chakula cha kusaidia Wakenya."

Related Topics