Raila Odinga, the leader of the opposition party in Kenya, recently gave an interview where he revealed some behind-the-scenes action regarding his political rival, Deputy President William Ruto. According to Odinga, Ruto had reached out to him before the general election in August 2022, as he was almost certain he would lose the election. Ruto had used envoys to broker a deal with Odinga. He wanted a strong office as the opposition leader and requested that Odinga create the opposition office for him once he gets power.
However, the tables turned, and Ruto won the presidential seat. He then wanted to reciprocate his earlier request to Odinga. He wrote to the National Assembly Speaker, Moses Wetangula, seeking to have the opposition leader's position created. This move by Ruto did not sit well with Odinga, who criticized it during the interview with KTN.
Odinga's revelation is significant, as it sheds light on the political maneuverings that take place behind the scenes in Kenya. It also exposes the lengths to which politicians will go to secure power and maintain influence. In this case, Ruto attempted to hedge his bets by reaching out to the opposition leader before the election.
However, his plan backfired, and he ended up winning the presidency. This left him in an awkward position, as he was expected to create a position that he had previously requested to be created for him. This move was seen by Odinga and his supporters as an attempt by Ruto to consolidate power and undermine the opposition.
Overall, Odinga's revelation is a reminder that politics is a complex and often murky business. It also highlights the importance of transparency and accountability in politics, as citizens need to know what is happening behind the scenes and how their leaders are making decisions. Ultimately, it is up to Kenyans to hold their leaders accountable and ensure that their voices are heard in the corridors of power.
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