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Explosive Showdown: Ruto and Raila Set to Clash on Podium

by Chief Okuzo

In what is shaping up to be a political showdown of epic proportions, President William Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga will be holding parallel events on Sunday. While Ruto will be in Narok for a thanksgiving service at the William Ntimama stadium, surrounded by top Kenya Kwanza administration politicians, Raila will be rallying the troops at the historic Jakaranda grounds in the capital city.

This is the second gathering in a week for Raila as part of his political resistance against Ruto’s government. Raila has claimed that Ruto did not truly win the August 9 polls and therefore, should resign as President. However, Ruto was declared the winner of the closely-fought polls, narrowly beating Raila with slightly over 300, 000 votes.

Ruto’s allies have accused Raila of scheming to sabotage the economy through his planned countrywide rallies, but Raila’s team is moving forward with the Jakaranda rally, which they are calling the “grandmother” of all rallies. Raila will be attending a church service at the Wanyiri area ahead of the rally in the afternoon, with his allies urging all leaders to join them in the church before heading to Jakaranda.

Ruto’s allies have asked the President to focus on serving Kenyans and not be distracted by Raila’s political plots. They have also warned Raila and his supporters against rallies that could lead to the destruction of property. It’s shaping up to be a Sunday to remember as Kenya’s political heavyweights go head-to-head in a battle for the hearts and minds of the nation.

Ruto didn’t win the August 2022 election, He should resign – Raila

In a bold move, opposition leader Raila Odinga has called for the resignation of President William Ruto, claiming that Ruto did not legally win the August 9, 2022, presidential election. Raila asserts that he has evidence to support his claim and is determined to ensure that Africa is not held to different standards than other countries. “I won the election and Mr. Ruto is in office illegally. As a proud African, I demand that he step down and let the will of the Kenyan people be heard,” Raila stated in a video shared by ODM Communications Director Phillip Etale.

Raila also emphasized that as a man of God, Ruto should respect the rule of law and the will of the people. “The people’s will is God’s will, and that is what should happen. “He claims to be a man of God, and therefore should respect righteousness and the rule of law, as they align with the will of the people, which is also the will of God,” Raila said.

This call for resignation comes on the heels of allegations from a whistleblower who works with the IEBC, claiming that the election was rigged in Ruto’s favor. Raila is set to hold a mega rally on Sunday at the Jacaranda grounds, dubbed “No Handshake,” where he is expected to provide further direction to his supporters. He also highlighted that the evidence they have shows that they received overwhelming support in the Central region, where their opponents claim they didn’t receive many votes. “I want to thank them for their patriotic duty. What happened is not their mistake. Their will was subverted by agents of impunity at the Bomas of Kenya,” he said.

As always, the political landscape in Kenya remains a contentious and ever-evolving arena, and Raila’s call for Ruto’s resignation will no doubt add fuel to the fire. Only time will tell if Ruto will step down or if Raila’s evidence will hold up in court. As always, stay tuned for further developments in this ongoing story.

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