NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 15 – Opposition leader Raila Odinga, on his return from the United Kingdom, sought to set the record straight on President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto’s claims that he is after a power sharing deal.
Odinga told his supporters at a rally in Mombasa that he was not afraid of an election as President Kenyatta and Ruto have propagated but would confidently contest the presidency on a level playing field.
He went on to read out the terms of his participation in a fresh presidential poll citing the “illegalities and irregularities” identified by the Supreme Court as the basis for their nullification of the August 8 presidential poll.
“Why would I settle for half a loaf of bread when we can have the whole thing for ourselves?” Odinga posed by way of dismissing President Kenyatta and Ruto’s claims that he travelled to the United Kingdom in an effort to get them to intervene in the Kenyan situation.
This was the message President Kenyatta and Ruto spread when they campaigned in Central Kenya over the weekend: that Odinga had sought to start trouble through his calls for protest in order to set the stage for a mediation effort.
Comparing Ruto’s memory to that of a warthog, Odinga credited the Deputy President with being the force behind the power sharing deal of 2007.
“He loves to refer to me as a riddler so here’s a riddle in his honour,” Odinga said before comparing him to the warthog.