City lawyer Steve Ogolla has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to keep the option of reconciling with William Ruto open even as he basks in the glory of the handshake with Raila Odinga
Uhuru’s relationship with Ruto begun to deteriorate in the second term of Jubilee’s leadership when him and Raila set aside their political differences through the famous 2018 handshake.
On Monday, July 5, Steve Ogolla took to his Twitter account saying it is now time the Head of State considers a truce with his deputy, Ruto.
“Uhuru must keep the option of reconciling with Ruto open,” Ogolla said.
He argued that the 2018 truce between Uhuru and opposition leader Raila Odinga has provided a platform for Raila to sell himself to Mt Kenya region hence the Head of State should not be pressured to endorse the ODM leader for the 2022 presidency.
“Uhuru must not be pressured to endorse Raila. The handshake already provided the platform for Raila to extract political dividends in Mt. Kenya. If he didn’t do so, it would be unfair to shift the blame to Uhuru,” he said.
In April 2021, Ruto for the first time admitted that he had been forced to endure a lot of humiliation in a government he helped form in 2013.
“That is an unfortunate situation. Given an opportunity, I will not allow my deputy to be humiliated the way former vice presidents have been humiliated and the way I have been humiliated. I will not allow,” Ruto said.
Ruto’s declaration saw a section of leaders including Narck Kenya party leader Martha Karua pile pressure on Uhuru to reconcile with Ruto or resign and pave way for a presidential by-election.
“This is completely unconstitutional. The president has joined a bandwagon …It is a bad example. They can both resign and pave way for by-election because they were elected as unit hence must work as a unit,’’ Karua said.