A section of ODM lawmakers on Tuesday, February 7, met Kenya’s President William Ruto at the State House.
In a short press release by the State House, President Ruto said he will work with leaders from across the political divide for the sake of the country’s unity and economic transformation.
“Elections are over; we don’t want a polarized country. We will work for all Kenyans,” the president said.
However, in a statement released shortly, Raila’s ODM party accused President William Ruto of trying to buy the opposition MPs in a bid to weaken the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party.
“They have started spending stolen money to hoodwink some of our leaders with the aim of trying to scuttle our activities,
“Kenyans will not be deterred by carrot dangling and dishing of handouts to our elected leaders,” the ODM party said.
The party’s Director of Communication Philip Etale accused the leaders who switched camps of pushing for their own selfish gains at the expense of people’s well-being.
Etale further asked its supporters not to be distracted by selfish leaders adding that their move to press the Kenya Kwanza government to resign will go on.
The Orange Party asked its supporters not to be distracted by leaders whom it said are pursuing personal interests at the expense of people’s well-being.
“We call on Kenyans to ignore such selfish leaders who only care about their stomachs and not the well-being of the millions of poor Kenyans,” Etale said.
The ODM legislators who met the President and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua at the State House include Gideon Ochando (Bondo), Elisha Odhiambo (Gem), Mark Nyamita (Uriri), Caroli Omondi (Suba South), Shakeel Shabir (Kisumu East), Felix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o (Lang’ata), Paul Abuor (Rongo) and Kisumu Senator Prof Tom Ojienda.
The MP’s move to dump Raila comes at a time when the former Prime Minister is still holding on to the claims that President William Ruto stole his victory in the 2022 presidential elections.