Raila Odinga yesterday led top political leaders, including ANC boss Musalia Mudavadi and Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka, in condemning ‘drums of war’ which they said are being beaten by reckless politicians, according to the Star newspaper in Kenya.
“We have gone to war in 1992, 1997 and 2007 and nobody should try to take this country to war again because of politics,” Raila said at a press conference at his Capitol Hill office.
He went on: “We believe that this country deserves peace and unity now more than ever, war cries and beating drums of war will not work.”
While Raila did not directly mention Ruto, his key ally who spoke after him was blunt.
“Deputy President Ruto must stop threatening people with violence. He should not think he has the monopoly over violence,” said Suna East MP Junet Mohamed, a Raila confidant.
Emurua Dikir MP Johanna Ng’eno and Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi launched scathing attacks on the Kenyatta family, including ex-First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta, triggering a political storm.
In a telling statement of an all-out war in Jubilee, Uhuru’s cousin Beth Mugo linked Ruto to the attacks, saying as the duo’s political captain, he has failed to come out to condemn his lieutenants.
“The fact that their political captain, the Deputy President, has not come out to condemn his troops is very telling. Does it mean that the DP supports the public statements by these two leaders?” Mugo, a nominated Jubilee senator, posed.
Ruto on Monday night condemned attacks by Sudi and Ng’eno on the first family. Yesterday, Mugo described Mama Ngina as an elderly grand lady who is the true mother of the nation.
“She has held herself with a lot of dignity away from politics all her life…for this reason, to associate her name with corruption, dirty and irresponsible succession politics is the highest degree of provocation,” she stated.
Ruto’s men have in recent weeks taken off their gloves and trained their guns on the President, saying he was the man behind Ruto’s woes.
“I want to tell Uhuru clearly that this country does not belong to you or Mama Ngina. This Kenya does not belong to Muhoho Kenyatta. This country belongs to the over 50 million Kenyans,” Sudi fired on Monday.
On Sunday, during a live broadcast interview with Weru TV, Ruto made some remarks that sparked outrage in the ruling party.
When asked by the interviewer what he would do to get secretary general Raphael Tuju and vice-chairman David Murathe out of the helm of Jubilee, Ruto retorted: “If it becomes difficult, we shall pray to God to get them out.”