Odinga who opened up on the events surrounding his 2018 controversial swearing-in as the People’s President, said that he was set to face treason charges, but President Uhuru Kenyatta intervened and bailed him out of the impending loathsome end.
The former premier who was speaking in Nyamira County on Friday hinted that the president had been advised to charge him with treason, but he objected, arguing that the move could have culminated into more harm than good for the nation.
“The country was totally torn, people had drawn different maps of the country, they had dismembered the country, there was the United people’s Republic of Kenya and the Republic of Kenya. Tukasema sasa, tuchome picha yote ya rais alafu tuanze kutoza ushuru tuendeLE na mambo yetu kwa upande yetu, I said no, that will take this country to Somalia.
“President aliambiwa, Raila amefanya treason, tumshtaki, tumpleke kamiti tumnyonge mambo iishe, akasema no. We later met and said Kenya is greater than all of ours and that is the meaning of the handshake,” Raila narrated.
The opposition chief woed the Gusii community to rally behind him in the race to succeed President Kenyatta.
The function was attended by a couple of Cabinet Secretaries, including Dr. Fred Matiang’i, Eugene Wamalwa and Mutahi Kagwe who exuded confidence in the ODM party leader emerging triumphant in 2022 general elections.
During the event, Odinga rallied members of the Gusii community to back his yet to be declared presidential quest, claiming that his prime objective is to unite the country in the spirit of the handshake.
The son of Jaramogi was in Nyamira county for a fundraiser in aid of a dormitory building at Mwongori High School and was hosted in Nyamira by Interior CS Dr Fred Matiang’i among other local Gusii leaders.
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