The country’s top newspapers on Friday, January 28 reported on ODM leader Raila Odinga’s reaction to the recent move by ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his FORD Kenya counterpart Moses Wetangula to join forces with Deputy President William Ruto.
The newspapers also reported that DP William Ruto is expected to make a major announcement on February 6, 2022 at Mumbi Grounds in Murang’a county.
According to the newspaper, ODM boss Raila Odinga has dismissed ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his FORD Kenya Moses Wetangula’s ‘earthquake’ as inconsequential.
The former Prime Minister said he will continue with his journey to State House under the Azimio La Umoja outfit despite the setback.
“You cannot claim to have been betrayed, yet you are the biggest betrayers in this country. We are forging ahead and not looking back,” Raila said.
Raila announced that Azimio La Umona will soon be registered as a movement, further promising a campaign afterwards that would dwarf the new Kenya Kwanza Alliance.
“Big things are coming soon. The country will shake. We are not concerned with those people (Kenya Kwanza). Thieves cannot lead Kenya,” Raila added.
The daily reported on the aftermath of Mudavadi-Ruto alliance after a section of MPs drawn from Mudavadi’s ANC party decamped to Azimio La Umoja.
For instance on Thursday, January 27, Raila received defectors from ANC and FORD Kenya drawn from Kakamega and Busia counties.
The Democratic Action Party of Kenya (DAP-K) also received defectors from the fours Western counties.
Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka’s rally in Kabati, Kitui County was marred by violence after supports of Senator Enoch Wambua and supporters of Mwingi Central MP Gideon Mulyungi clashed.
Following the chaos, police officers arrested a number of individuals who had reportedly been hired to cause mayhem in the event.
The rowdy youth were identified and in turn arrested after blowing dust into the crowd when leaders rose to speak.
Kalonzo was accompanied by Baringo senator Gideon Moi, billionaire businessman Jimmy Wanjigi and former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo.
The Swahili publication reported that NARC Kenya party leader Martha Karua is set to embark on a journey to popularise her party ahead of the August 9 General Elections.
She announced that she would hold town hall meetings with party officials and supporters to chart the way forward.
“As the NARC Kenya leader, I plan to hold a series of meetings to listen to our members and also to popularise the party,” Karua said.
According to the daily, DP William Ruto is expected to make a major announcement on Saturday, February 6, at Mumbi Grounds in Murang’a county.
The DP will hold a mega rally just a week after Raila holds a meeting in the county.
“Ruto will be indeed the chief guest on the said date but we can’t disclose the agenda at this time. Let the country wait for the announcement,” Murang’a senator Irungu Kang’ata said.
According to a UDA allied MP who sought anonymity, youthful Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro could be named Ruto’s running mate.
“There’s a likelihood that Raila will not pick a youthful running mate and for this reason Nyoro fits the bill
“We could not settle on Kimani Ichung’wa since he hails from Kiambu which has produced two presidents and in Nyeri where MP Rigathi Gachagua is a bit old and the county has produced a president for two terms,” the MP said.
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