Opposition leader Raila Odinga has blasted DP William Ruto as too junior for him to have reached out to broker a handshake with Uhuru. Raila was responding to remarks by William Ruto during a recent interview that the former premier desperately reached out to him 4 times in a bid to broker a truce with President Uhuru Kenyatta after the acrimonious 2017 election. The ODM leader instead insisted he reached out directly to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Ruto’s assertion however are collaborated by ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi who confirms that indeed Raila Odinga reached out to Ruto 4 times. Musalia’s account of events are captured in his book ‘Soaring above the Storm of Passion’, which lifts the lid in the happenings of NASA coalition pre and post 2017 election. The book details the intrigues that marred the once formidable NASA coalition.
In the book, Musalia blasts Raila Odinga as a serial liar and a power hungry individual who can not be trusted with a pre-election deal.
Musalia who gave the Mombasa BBi rally a wide berth says he is privy to the intrigues behind the handshake and urged Kenyans to read his book ‘Soaring above the Storm of Passion’, for full account of the events.
According to the book as narrated by Mudavadi, Raila Odinga desperately reached out to Dp William Ruto 4 times in the run up to 2017 election. Musalia says Raila Odinga made frantic calls to DP directly and and when Ruto didn’t pick, he called through Ruto allies.
Mudavadi claims Raila wanted DP Ruto to abandon Uhuru Kenyatta for NASA coalition– a request that William Ruto blatantly turned down and reported the matter to Uhuru Kenyatta. Musalia also reveals in the book that the cancellation of Raila’s US and UK Visa, and the hunger for money prompted Raila to go for handshake with Uhuru Kenyatta.
The excitement around the boom fizzled out immediately it was launched in December.
During the Mombasa BBi rally, Raila insisted he reached out to the President directly and that William Ruto who was left in the dark came to know about it in the news like any body else.