The war of words between Deputy President William Ruto and opposition chief Raila Odinga escalated yesterday with the former premier mocking the DP who launched yet another bare knockles attack with hard hitting remarks at Odinga.
Raila mocks DP Ruto, Ruto responds with hard-hitting remarks [Video]
Raila mocks Ruto's hustler tag, Ruto fires back
Raila kicked off the storm at an ODM convention in Karen, Nairobi, yesterday, by mocking Ruto’s “hustler” tag and hitting out at him for downplaying the billions allegedly lost in the dams scandal that has got the DP breathing fire.
Odinga fired the first salvo stating that “They have coined a term (hustler) that so and so knows how to make money. How does he make it? Instead of saying the guy knows how to steal money, they dignify it.”
Odinga made it clear that the thieves who come up with mega projects as an avenue for looting public funds must be held accountable and life must be made difficult for them.
“People must be prepared to carry their own crosses themselves. Sisi tunasema mwizi ni mwizi. Tusiseme ati huyu jamaa anajua kutengeneza pesa.” Odinga said.
DP Ruto rants with hard hitting remarks targetting Raila
In what is seen as a swift and direct response to Raila, the DP took issues with those "exaggerating figures and introducing mandazi economics that don't make sense”.
"I want to remind the 'Lord of Poverty' that you told Kenyans that if you lost elections you are going to cook mandazis in Kibra. Why are you not cooking mandazis? Why are you importing mandazinomics to the government?" DP Ruto ranted.
“They have whipped together a narrative to try and criminalise and bastardise these development initiatives. The lords of poverty, people who have benefited from keeping people in the slavery of poverty want to criminalise every development initiative.” Ruto stated.
The DP maintained that government projects should not be politicized and used to taint the names of individual but should have the interest of ordinary citizens at heart.
“They have orchestrated and are driving a narrative that every government initiative has a corruption element in it.
Let me tell the people peddling falsehoods not to target William Ruto or individuals. This is not about a person or personalities, it is about 100,000 people in Arror and Kimwarer who will get clean drinking water.” He added.
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