Raila allays fear of rift with former President Uhuru Kenyatta amid reports of a mass exodus from the Azimio coalition.
Raila Odinga on Friday, January 6, sought to allay fears over possible mass defection from the Azimio coalition.
In response to media reports that key players of the coalition, such as former president Uhuru Kenyatta, forcing their way out of the Azimio coalition.
Raila asserted that Azimio was duly created and that former President Uhuru Kenyatta continued to be the council’s legitimate chairman.
Additionally, He also clarified that governors were legally bound to work closely with President William Ruto.
“It’s important for people to distinguish between the role of the county and national government without creating a misunderstanding,” Raila warned.
He, however, asked governors to play their roles effectively in the counties and Azimio and warned the head of state against misconstruing the good gesture by his coalition.
“When a governor says that I will work closely with the national government, that doesn’t mean that he or she has defected from Azimio,” Raila explained.
“Azimio allied counties will receive part of the national cake whether President William Ruto likes it or not,” Raila reaffirmed.
Raila argued that revenue allocations to county governments were well guaranteed within the law, and no governor should be begging for a friendship with the president.