Azimio La Umoja leader Raila Odinga has ventured into something that even President William Ruto has close to no control over, former Nairobi governor Evans Kidero has complained.
He complains that Raila has began trying to make life hard for Kenyans as his way of getting his demands met by President Uhuru Kenyatta, accusing him of resorting to emotional theft as a political strategy.
In reference to Raila’s decision to go the protests and demonstrations route, he says that the former Prime Minister is now using strategies likely to have serious effects on the lives of Kenyans.
Kidero, who officially became a member of Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party yesterday, has regretted that while Raila’s behaviour is unfortunate, this is something not even the police can address.
“There is material theft which is the computers and the laptops but there is emotional theft by blackmail. This one cannot be reported to a police station and that is what Kenya is being taken through, emotional theft by blackmail,” he said on K24 on Wednesday.
He also took issue with the narrative in Azimio that it does not acknowledge Ruto’s presidency, wondering why the elected leaders spreading this argument are still receiving salaries from the same government.
“I think there would have been honesty currently if the opposition Members of Parliament who are part of the protests stopped earning salaries from this very government they don’t recognise,” he said.
Raila has said that his protests are aimed at forcing Ruto to behave accordingly, after he refused to make use of the two week-ultimatum the veteran politician had given him to among others, open IEBC servers.
He is also under pressure to address the high cost of living and halt the IEBC reconstitution process process, with Raila appearing very keen on bringing the country to a standstill if he does not.