NAIROBI KENYA, Jan 22 – Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has told off the Opposition leader Raila Odinga that the Kenya Kwanza government will not be cowed by threats and intimidation.
Speaking during a thanksgiving ceremony in Kirinyaga county on Sunday, Gachagua said that Raila was re-enacting his previous theatrics that forced three former regimes to accomodate him in government.
“What you are doing is what you have been doing all the years, in 1987 Moi defeated you, and you threatened him and you came into government through cooperation, 2007 Moi defeated you and you threatened him again and you came to government through grand coalition,” he said.
He also cited 2013 when Raila was defeated by Uhuru Kenyatta but eventually shook hands and warmed his way into government in what complicated Kenyatta’s relationship with his then Deputy President William Ruto.
Raila who unsuccessfully challenged Ruto’s victory in the August 2022 election has revived fresh poll rigging claims and is planning a major rally in Nairobi Monday.
“I want to tell those planning demonstrations that we have no time for you. Please leave our president alone. He is busy he has work to do,” he said, adding, “You want to threaten us, trying to instill fear on us so we can call you into the government, and even when we went to Nyanza maybe you thought we ill call you, that is not possible don’t instill fear on our president.”
Odinga unsuccessfully challenged President William Ruto’s victory at the Supreme Court after the August 2022 presidential election but he has lately insisted he won the election.
The president who also spoke at the event said he has no time for the Opposition theatrics “because I am busy serving the people.”