Nairobi governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has promised to broker peace between Deputy President William Ruto and Opposition leader Raila Odinga who have in the recent past been embroiled in a fight of words over national issues they do not agree on.
Sonko warned the persistent bickering among the two political heavyweights, and their associates was raising political temperatures in the country, and therefore it needs to be stopped before things spiral out of control again.
The governor who was speaking to a gathering at Wotea village in Makueni county called on Ruto and Raila to put their political variations aside and embrace the handshake spirit for the sake of peace in the country.
“I am working closely with church leaders in Nairobi to ensure William Ruto, and Raila Odinga also shakes hands and make peace with each other.
Let us stop 2022 politics for now and instead have a handshake…If Raila and Ruto have a handshake, Kenya will have a sense of lasting peace,” Governor Sonko said on Saturday, March 30.
The revamped political feud pitting the DP against the former prime minister started when the two politicians clashed on how much had allegedly been embezzled in the now infamous multi-billion Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal.
Raila threw the first jibe by dismissing Ruto’s claims that only KS 7 billion was being questioned in the Arror and Kimwarer dams issue, and not KS 21 billion as was initially indicated in a report by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss, George Kinoti.
“Let us be truthful and use facts instead of inflating and cooking figures in scandals’ probes. The alleged loss of KS 21 billion in Kimwarer and Arror dams establishment is a flat lie. The money in question is, in fact, KS 7 billion,” Ruto said during the State of Judiciary conference held at the Supreme Court on February 28, 2019.
The ODM leader was irritated by the DP’s ‘flat lie’ remarks against the DCI’s graft dossier and did not also hesitate to give his peace of mind on the weighty matter.
“The law is uniform. No one is above the law even in the fight against corruption. If some people are stealing money, it is uncalled for to rush and say that only KS 7 billion which is nothing big has been used,” Raila said during the ODM party’s National Governing Council (NGC) meeting on March 1, 2019.
The bitter exchange swiftly escalated with Ruto and Raila’s allies rallying behind them in an all-out political war.
Apparently caught right in the middle of the warring camps was President Uhuru Kenyatta who had to balance between keeping post-election peace deal with Raila intact while at the same time trying not to offend his deputy who had stood with him since 2013 when the Jubilee party ascended to power.