Babu Owino: Uhuru and Ruto are still playing Raila
Embakasi East lawmaker Babu Owino maintains President William Ruto and his predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta are still playing a con game on Azimio leader Raila Odinga.
In a video posted on his Twitter page, the outspoken lawmaker suggested the current war of words between President Ruto and his former boss was cosmetic and hot air.
Citing the events that took place immediately Mr Kenyatta changed power with President Ruto, the latter, in his inauguration speech, gave his predecessor a job.
“This is a long con game. It is the longest one. Uhuru was the first person to be employed by Ruto. The first person. Would you employ your enemy as a peacekeeper?”
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“If you want to know the genuineness of this Uhuru should resign and let him come for our demonstrations and be at the forefront saying Tibim and Tialala. I’m an adult. I’m not a kid. I have three grown children,” remarked Babu Owino, real name Paul Ongili.
You can’t play around with us like kids.This time change must come. pic.twitter.com/xxCTFTCIHk
— Babu Owino (@HEBabuOwino) February 4, 2023
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President Ruto and Uhuru Kenyatta and their allies have appeared to fight in public in the past few weeks. The war of words commenced when President Ruto accused his former boss of sponsoring Azimio rallies calling for a change in regime, so as to put pressure on the government ‘not to pay tax.’
Mr Kenyatta hit back saying he is not bothered by ‘people who talk much and do very little.’ His mother, former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta has also appeared to respond to President Ruto, claiming she has religiously met the taxpayers’ needs and is ready to pay even more.
Babu Owino has maintained that President Ruto and former president Kenyatta played a con game on Raila Odinga ahead of the August 2022 polls. The con game, Owino claims, entailed the former Head of State appearing to back Odinga in public but offering genuine political and financial support to Ruto in private.
As a result, President Ruto beat Mr Odinga to the presidency. However, the controversial lawmaker has argued that Mr Odinga could still run for presidency come 2027 saying, “Raila can still run again because constitutionally it allows him to vie, he is still fit and healthy.”
Despite losing in the 2022 elections, Mr Odinga has contested five times, in 1997, 2002, 2007, 2013, and 2017 and lost on each occasion.
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