ODM leader Raila Odinga has distanced his party from chaos in Kisumu that rocked Deputy President William Ruto’s tour yesterday Wednesday.
The former Prime Minister said that Ruto is free to travel and sell his ideologies to the electorate accross the country.
“Chama chetu, ile Kisumu branch ilitoa taarifa ikasema aruhusiwe Ruto auze sera zake kama mtu yeyote, kusiwe na vurugu yoyote,” Raila said during an interview on Musyi FM on Thursday morning.
He added that ODM, before DP’s visit, had issued a statement saying that Ruto was welcome in Kisumu just like all other Kenyans. Raila said ODM had no interest in the DP’s rally during the visit.
“Mimi sitaki kuingia kwa mambo ya porojo, labda niongee kwa mambo ya ukweli, Ruto ni Mkenya na anaruhusiwa kutembea popote kuuza sera zake,” Raila said.
“Mimi sio mtoto mdogo niende kuorganize watu warushie Ruto mawe, kwa sababu gani? Ruto ni kitu kidogo sana kwangu.”
The ODM leader recalled his rally in DP Ruto’s home turf where he was welcomed by a huge crowd, and his rally proceeded peacefuly.
“Yeye anaweza kwenda Kisumu kila mahali vile anavyo tanga tanga kila mahali akipiga .. anabweka hapa na pale, ni haki yake, ni binadamu, apige kifua yake, akohoe, ateme mate, hio ni sawa kabisa, hio ndio mambo ya siasa nchi yetu,” Raila said.
His remarks come after Ruto’s rally was disrupted in Kondele Kisumu and his campaign caravan pelted with stones, DP Ruto took to Twitter where he castigated the ‘regressive stone-throwing culture’.
“Our plans and programmes will ensure that the youth are liberated from regressive stone-throwing culture by engaging them in gainful activities that will better their lives through the Bottom-Up Economic Model,” the DP Tweeted.