Tuesday, April 18, 2023 –President William Ruto has, for the first time, revealed the reason why he is nolonger referring to the opposition leader with derogatory terms.
As usual and during campaigns, all Kenya Kwanza-allied politicians always refers to Raila as ‘mtu wa Kitendawili’ or ‘Maganga’.
But in sharp contrast to this, for the first time ever, President William Ruto during his Statehouse press briefing, referred to the Azimio boss as ‘my brother’.
And today while defending himself from criticism, the president has promised to still refer to his opponent with respectful titles if this is what could bring back peace in the country.
This, he said during an Iftar dinner with the Muslim community in Statehouse on Monday April 17 night, stating that the protests are derailing efforts the government is making towards revamping the ailing economy.
“I asked my brother Raila Odinga to call off the protests, [because] they are destroying people’s property and businesses, there is a lot of bloodshed,” he remarked.
If using an affable term would end the political rivalry between him and Raila, President Ruto said that he will keep this style until it bears fruits.
“If calling Raila Odinga ‘my brother’ is what will help to stop the protests and the chaos so that people’s businesses do not get damaged then I will call him ‘my brother’ ten times more and I will even add my dear brother,” Ruto said.
The Head of State further emphasized that the nation cannot make gains in creating a conducive environment for businesses and investments when some people are on the streets daily.
On Sunday, while addressing at his Kamukunji rally, Mr. Odinga referred to Ruto’s government as a coward administration for trying to lure him with sweet words so that to call off the anti-government demos.