President William Ruto has stated that the opposition Democratic Movement (ODM) and its leader, Raila Odinga, will not be expelled and forgotten because they lost the general election to him last month.
With his victory over Raila and two others, Ruto effectively ended Raila's political career, which, given his senior age, was seen as predicated on the results of this election.
However, Ruto has made it clear that he intends for his government to become the official opposition. He argues that if the office is established, Raila and the others would have an opportunity to serve from there.
On Saturday, he said that Raila and his supporters will still have a voice in government, even if they don't have executive positions.
On the other side, my rivals will play an equally vital role in serving the people of Kenya by monitoring the administration I establish. That means they (the opposition) will have a say in how our country is run," the head of state said.
Since even those who didn't vote for him would have their leaders serving under the same government, Ruto argued that it is inaccurate to claim that the country is split down the middle.
"If you want to say the country is split up, I don't think that's the proper term. The world is a stage, and we're all actors. We've got some folks who'll be serving in the Executive [Branch of Government] "According to what he said.
The fact that he narrowly defeated Raila contributes to the idea that Kenya is divided down the middle since Raila's supporters, who make up close to half of the electorate, feel left out of the decision-making process.
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