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Ruto: I am not scared of Raila Odinga’s threats

President William Ruto has reiterated his government will not be shaken by threats from the Azimio Coalition to its supporters to resist his leadership.

The President said he is aware of the tactics being implied by the Azimio leader Mr Raila Odinga to try to seek another political handshake just like what was witnessed during the last administration of Uhuru Kenyatta.

He made his remarks on Monday in Gatundu during the burial of Ms Pauline Nyokabi Kuria, sister to Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria.

“They demonstrated during the leadership of Mwai Kibaki and they were given half of the government. They organized some tricks and small demonstrations and instilled fear in Uhuru Kenyatta who arranged for a handshake. Now you think that you can intimidate me with demonstrations and get something from me? You are dreaming,” President Ruto said.

The President accused Mr Odinga of planning demonstrations for their selfish benefit.

He stressed that his administration will serve all Kenyans in the country irrespective of their political affiliation.

“The government of Kenya is not going to be blackmailed to serve the interests of a few people, their families, and their businesses. That will not happen. We are going to serve the people of Kenya. Tafuteni mtu mwingine wa kutisha, sio mimi, I will not agree (look for someone else to scare, not me).”

The President told the opposition that he was elected by Kenyans as their President despite the support from the last administration and the system that the Azimio had.

His remarks came minutes after Mr Odinga concluded his rally at Kamukunji grounds in Nairobi and declared that he does not recognize the administration of President Ruto, and that they will resist him.

Mr Odinga claimed he had data from unidentified whistleblowers who worked at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision (IEBC) indicating he beat President Ruto by more than 2 million votes in the August 2022 polls.

Mr Odinga also accused former IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati and a section of commissioners of manipulating the results in favour of President Ruto.

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