President William Ruto is silently acknowledging Azimio La Umoja leader Raila Odinga’s might and his ability to keep each of his threat, people close to the Head of State have revealed.
Raila has since unleashed mass action on Ruto and his government, directing his supporters to hold peaceful demonstrations and protests ahead of the mother of them all, to presided over by him, on 20th.
It’s now emerging that despite putting up a brave face and dismissing the protests and the ongoing rallies, Ruto has began fortifying government facilities, afraid that Raila’s supporters might storm them.
The Saturday Nation has established that officers have been put on high alert, forming cordons around sensitive government installations to hold back protestors, after ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna revealed a plan to storm government buildings and demand answers from state officers occupying them.
The paper has also been told that Ruto now fears that a joint force by Raila and former President Uhuru Kenyatta will make life even harder for him, and has directed his allies to avoid attacking Uhuru, which would push him more to Raila’s side.
“The heat is increasing in the camp because of Baba’s actions at a time when we are facing an economic meltdown. We are not at peace because we do not know what Baba’s mass action would lead to and that is why some of us have been asking our bosses not to go after Uhuru and his allies,” one of the president’s allies from Mt Kenya revealed.
But Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei has poured cold water on Raila’s demos, once again dismissing them as attempts to secure a handshake.
“The mass action by Tinga (Mr Odinga) is hot air. He thought the President would reach out to him. He should be told to forget any chance of having a handshake with the President. Our focus is to build the economy, not to massage the ego of some people,” he told the paper.
Earlier in the week, police were deployed around the State House in Nairobi and the Kisumu State Lodge, landing Ruto under mockery from social media users, who wondered why he was suddenly scared.
This followed reports that Raila might have been planning to lead his supporters to State House.