Former prime minister Raila Odinga has lashed out at the UDA party for dragging his Azimio movement into a verbal exchange between Deputy President William Ruto and COTU boss Francis Atwoli.
In a statement by Raila’s presidential team, on Tuesday. February 8, Raila told off the UDA party for involving him in matters that he was not party to.
The ODM leader stated that comments made by the UDA team were part of a bigger scheme aimed at rejecting the August 9 presidential election results.
“We keep reading an emerging narrative by a political formation (UDA) that has sensed defeat. The group is planning to reject results at the August polls, and all they are doing is inflame passions and incite communities against each other,” read the statement in part.
“The group is out to seek an alibi for their planned action after losing in the August polls. The merchants of violence and intimidation in this country are known; there is a dangerous plot by the same group to force Kenyans to vote for it, and its candidates or face unspecified consequences,” the statement added.
Raila’s statement comes after the William Ruto Presidential Campaign Communications Director, Hussein Mohammed, claimed that Azimio la Umoja was using the sensitive matter of suicide to gain political mileage.
While responding to remarks by COTU boss Francis Atwoli where he suggested William Ruto might kill himself after losing presidential elections, Hussein accused Azimio Movement of making elections a matter of life and death.
“The remarks by their ‘ancient campaign expert’ Francis Atwoli, are completely unnecessary and go against the tenets of democracy,
“For Kenyans inflicted with violence and death including in the context of elections, this is not a laughing matter,” Hussein said in his statement.