Raila on claims of sabotaging DP Ruto’s Jacaranda rally: Nairobi is my stronghold, they have sensed defeat

Raila on claims of sabotaging DP Ruto’s Jacaranda rally: Nairobi is my stronghold, they have sensed defeat

ODM leader Raila Odinga speaks at City Hall, Nairobi, on January 18, 2022. PHOTO | COURTESY

  • Odinga spoke at City Hall, Nairobi, during the launching of the Voter Registration exercise on Tuesday.
  • He downplayed his rivals saying that he has an edge over them politically and therefore he does not need to mobilize chaos.
  • The former premier said the allegations were as a result of his competitors’ fear of failure.

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga has dismissed claims that his supporters have been orchestrating violence against his political rivals in their rallies.

Speaking at City Hall, Nairobi, during the launching of the Voter Registration exercise on Tuesday, Odinga downplayed his rivals saying that he has an edge over them politically and therefore he does not need to mobilize chaos.

In what seemed to be a thin-veiled attack against Deputy President William Ruto, the former premier said the allegations were as a result of his competitors’ fear of failure.

“Kuna wengine wanapiga kelele ati wanazuiliwa kupanga mkutano, ati ODM inapanga fujo; kurusha mawe…hakuna. Kwa nini? Mimi najua watu wetu hawajarusha mawe kwa mtu yeyote," he said.

"Hawa watu tutashinda na kura. Tayari wameona ile tsunami inakuja ndio sasa wamekuwa kama ile nyani imepanda kwa mti anaona kama upepo inakuja na kuanza kufanya nyef nyef." 

Odinga, while expressing confidence at clinching the presidential seat in the August polls, said he will comfortably floor his rivals hence does not need to organize unrest.

He cited the 2017 elections in which he triumphed in Nairobi, hence adding that the nation’s capital has long been his stronghold.

He explained that since now he enjoys President Uhuru Kenyatta's support, his chances of victory have been boosted and he will rise without much pressure from his opponents.

“Hapa Nairobi uchaguzi uliopita Raila alipata laki tisa na kitu na Uhuru alipata laki saba na kitu; ukiunganisha ya Uhuru na Raila ni milioni moja na laki sita,” Odinga said.

He at the same time implored the youth and unregistered voters to turn up for the ongoing registration exercise saying:

“Kila siku mnarauka alfajiri mnaenda kuchukua kura; ata kama mnataka kufanya mpaka usiku, sawa, pesa iko tutatoa.

This comes after DP Ruto’s convoy was on Sunday disrupted by rowdy youths at the Jacaranda Grounds in Embakasi East where the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party held a rally.

The DP and his allies have since accused Odinga’s camp of being behind the rally’s sabotage.

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