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It won’t be about power-sharing! Ndindi Nyoro on Ruto’s post to Raila

The social media post from President William Ruto’s account on Tuesday, July 26, continues to elicit differing opinions from leaders and Kenyans nationwide.

The President tweeted that his doors were open for talks with the opposition leader, Raila Odinga.

“My friend Raila Odinga, Im off to Tanzania for a human capital meeting to harmonise the expansion of employment opportunities in our continent. I am back tomorrow evening, and as you have always known, I am available to meet one on one with you anytime at your convenience,” Ruto’s tweet reads.

Kiharu Member of Parliament Ndindi Nyoro weighs into the ongoing conversation generated by the sudden move from the President but clarifies that opening the doors does not mean that the two leaders are about to talk about power sharing.

In his interview on Tuesday night on Citizen TV, the MP ruled out any possibility of the President discussing the appointment of the opposition leader.

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He said that the State House is a public facility built using taxpayer money, and therefore, any leader can access it upon invitation.

“There is only one route into governing Kenya, and that route is in the Constitution, and that route in a democracy like Kenya is through the ballot. Mandamano, dialogue is not a route to any government. We can talk about everything else but we will never talk about power sharing, we will not talk about opening decision that Kenyans boldly put forward in August last year,” Ndindi said.

Ndindi reiterated that power-sharing would not be on the table if the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition leader accepts the President’s invitation.

“We have been very consistent. We are willing to engage with everyone because Kenya is for all of us. However, there is one situation we are not willing to tolerate, and that is what we have observed after every election. On each occasion, we have seen individuals who lost attempting to gain entry into the government through other means.”

Despite the President’s post, the Azimio leader has not issued a response. Instead, they have declared their intention to hold a peaceful vigil on Wednesday, July 27, as an alternative to street protests. During this solemn gathering, candles will be lit to honor and remember those who tragically lost their lives during the previous demonstrations.

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