Raila Tells Off DP Ruto Over Kalonzo

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga yesterday urged Deputy President William Ruto to stop attacking former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka.

Raila also repeated he was not responsible for Ruto facing ICC charges of crimes against humanity stemming from the 2007-08 post-election violence. Ruto has said his support for Raila resulted in violence that landed him in The Hague.

The Cord leader said the DP should join Cord if he wishes, instead of attacking Kalonzo.

“Recently he went to Bondo and said he had supported me in the past. That’s true and if he wishes he should come back so we work together. However, let him leave Kalonzo alone because he has nothing to do with him,” Raila said

Last week while visiting Bondo, Ruto urged Raila to drop Kalonzo as a possible running mate if he hopes to win the 2017 election but emphasised that President Uhuru Kenyatta would win hands down.

The Cord leader said he would stand with Kalonzo and Ruto has no business interfering.

“Soon all of us will be in the field and Kenyans will decide,” Raila said.

Raila was speaking near Annex in Eldoret town at the burial of business woman Margaret Jepkoech Kimurgong, who was ODM chairperson in Uasin Gishu county and Vice Treasurer of the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake organization.

Also present were MPs Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Jakoyo Midiwo (Gem) and Raila’s daughter Rosemary. ODM county chairman Kipkorir Menjo was present.

Ruto had said faces ICC charges because his support for Raila led to post-election violence. He said he holds no animosity toward for Raila, the DP said.

Yesterday, Raila said he had advised that Kenyan cases on the post-election violence should be handled locally, not by the ICC, but he was ignored.

“It’s they who insisted justice can only be found at the ICC, when we had advised on a local mechanism,” he said.

Back then, he was with Ruto on one team and there was no way he would have betrayed the DP, Raila said.

“Even those who are testifying at The Hague are known. Raila is not among them and I don’t know why they have to drag my name into the ICC issues,” Raila said.

He also insisted the scandals at the National Youth Service must be investigated so Kenyans can know the truth.

“We have no problem with CS Anne Waiguru. However, we demand t there be investigations into the graft allegations at the NYS and the work they are doing should continue,” Raila said.

Waiguru has admitted there was an attempt to steal Sh828 million from NYS accounts. The Star has reported dodgy deals on NYS purchase of foodstuffs and revealed that tonnes are rotting for lack of storage while Kenyans need food.

Raila and Midiwo also want the government to write off New KCC debts of more than Sh500 million.

Odinga said the government should revert ownership of the company back to farmers instead of privatizing it.

The ODM leader also accused the government of neglecting the plight of maize farmers in the North Rift.

“Farmers are about to harvest and we are told NCPB stores are already full. That maize should be sold so the board can buy the maize to be harvested.”