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Kalonzo responds after Ruto calls on Raila to return favour in 2027 polls

Kalonzo dismisses possibility of Ruto, Raila truce ahead of 2027 polls after the president called on Azimio leader to support him.

On Sunday, Azimio Principal Kalonzo Musyoka dismissed President William Ruto’s appeal for Raila Odinga to back him in the 2027 election for president, finding humor in Ruto’s demand that Raila repay for support in 2007.

Speaking to congregation members in Mwingi Township, Kitui County, Kalonzo insisted that since he had backed Raila’s political career more than President Ruto had, the former prime minister should support him in the 2027 election.

Kalonzo jokingly demanded that a poll be conducted in the Nyanza region to establish who had backed Raila more out of the two.

“Today I have seen the current President William Ruto saying that he will compete with me in 2027,” Kalonzo said.

Kalonzo announced that he will soon visit Kisumu soon to conduct the poll personally.

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This comes after President William Ruto on Saturday, October 7 requested that Raila, a former close ally, support his State House bid in 2027 in order to repay the help he received in 2007.

“For him to be today referred to as former Prime Minister, I am the one who helped put him in office,” Ruto stated.

“I was an ardent Baba supporter together with others, we came together and supported him but unfortunately, we never clinched the Presidency. I have voted for Baba and I am calling on him to support me in 2027,” Ruto said in Homa Bay.

Ruto while exuding confidence in his re-election chances in 2027, noted no politician poses a significant threat to his bid.

“If Raila will not be running, my competitor will be Kalonzo, but really will he manage to mount a serious challenge?” President Ruto posed to Homa Bay residents.

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