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‘The rivalry between me and Raila is over’, says DP Ruto

Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga (left) and Deputy President William Ruto (right) meet on December 13, 2018 in Kisumu ahead of the launch of the universal healthcare pilot that will be presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO | COURTEST

Deputy President William Ruto has said the rivalry between him and Opposition leader Raila Odinga has come to an end.

Speaking on Thursday, when he toured Nyanza alongside President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, Ruto said they have agreed with Raila to end the enemity between them in a bid to build the nation.

” Uhasimu na uadui wa kisiasa kati yangu na ndugu yangu mkubwa Raila umekwisha leo. Mimi ndio kijana mkubwa wa Baba yetu Raila Odinga, na hapa mimi niko nyumbani,” Ruto said.

(The political rivalry and enmity between me and my big brother Raila has ended tody. I’m the elder son of our father Raila and I’m at home here)

Ruto continued: ” Vile Prime Minister amesema, leo tumefika hapa na tumekubaliana ya kuwa ile uhasama ya zamani tumezika.. tunaanza ukurasa mpya ya kuunganisha Wakenya.”

(Just as the Prime Minister has said; today we are here and we have agreeed to bury the former rivalry between us. We are starting a new chapter of uniting Kenyans)

” Mkiona Uhuru na Prime Minister Tinga mwenyewe ako hapa na uone hustler pia ako kati yao, mjue mambo iko sawa. Sisi wote tutatembea safari moja ya kuunganisha wakenya.”

(When you see Uhuru and Prime Minister Tinga himself is here with the hustler, you should know everything is well. We are all on the same journey of uniting Kenyans)

Ruto and Raila began working together after the 2005 referendum that went through which was spear headed by Raila that saw the birth of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

Ruto backed Raila in the 2007 General election which ended in a post-election violence.

Kibaki who ran on PNU ticket, was declared winner, the results that Raila’s camp rejected sparking chaos across the country.

The post-election violence was ended after the two entered into a power-sharing deal.

Ruto eventually abandoned ODM and founded his own United Democratic Movement.

In the 2013 election, he entered into a coalition with Uhuru’s The National Alliance (TNA) party.

Uhuru and Ruto entered into a pact by which each will serve for 10 years as President. Ruto has played a major role in Jubilee’s double victories 2013 and 2017.

In 2017, their rivalry was reignited after Ruto implied in a tweet that Raila was thwarting his own presidential ambitions in 2022.

“So, Tinga went all the way to the USA to seek support to scuttle the possibility of a son of a peasant from being elected prezo in 2022! Balaa!” Ruto tweeted

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