Deputy President William Ruto has accused ODM leader Raila Odinga of concentrating his efforts on shooting down the bottom-up economic model without giving an alternative.
Speaking at Kimana Town in Kajiado South on Tuesday, September 21, the deputy president claimed Odinga’s speeches “are often full of riddles, arrogance and pride”.
His remarks, however, come on the back of Odinga’s launch of Azimio la Umoja, a strategic plan aimed at uniting Kenya ahead of the 2022 General Election.
“Let us not follow the Vitendawili man,” Ruto urged a roadside gathering.
“He has pride and arrogance,” added the DP.
Odinga, in his characteristic style of politics, often uses riddles to hit out at his opponents. It is this approach, that Ruto claims, adds no value to the discourse on Kenyans’ welfare.
The DP reiterated his past remarks, in which he pledged to place the low-income earners’ welfare at the centre of government operations, should he be elected President in 2022.
He said he willl prioritise solutions to the high rate of unemployment among the youth in Kenya.
Raila Odinga, on the other hand, has pledged to unite the country, manage the national debt and provide an enabling environment for the youth to flourish economically.
Both the DP and the former prime minister are already taking the bull by its horns and diving hard into campaigns nationwide, as they jostle to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta, whose final term ends in August 2022.
Sizing each other, sometimes shadowing each other, they are not leaving anything to chance in a battle that has adopted slogans, catchphrases, models, targeted messaging and perception-building.
While Ruto has been going to regions, convening conferences with area leadership to brainstorm on regional needs, Odinga is visiting the regions to read out to them prognostic treatises with accompanying solutions and a strong pitch for unity.
Last weekend, Ruto accused President Kenyatta of reneging on an earlier agreement, in which the Head of State had pledged to support his (Ruto’s) presidential bid in 2022 after Jubilee sees off two terms in power.
The DP also accused ODM leader Raila Odinga of forging an alliance with the President to frustrate his ambition.
Ruto claimed it was he who hoisted both Kenyatta and Odinga to top positions in Government, and wondered why the duo were top critics of his bottom-up economic model that he has been riding on to sell his 2022 presidential bid.
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