Raila Jnr Odinga has characteristically jumped to the defence of his father after DP Ruto questioned Odinga senior’s handshake motives.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Hussein Mohamed on Tuesday night, Ruto claimed that Mr Odinga approached him four times after the hotly-contested 2017 elections.
The DP said he declined to hold talks prompting the former Prime Minister to engage President Kenyatta in what would culminate in handshake deal on March 9, 2018.
Ruto also indicated that Raila Odinga tried to convince him that he (Ruto) was getting shortchanged during the appointment of Cabinet Secretaries.
“I knew that the narrative was about to try and say that I was being shortchanged here and there, which to me is a fake thing.”
In a rejoinder, Odinga Jnr took matters to Twitter to indicate that DP Ruto was not telling the truth.
According to Jnr, it was Ruto who in fact approached the Odingas in a twisted Divide and Rule tactic.
DP Ruto reportedly offered both him and his sister Winnie Odinga plum government jobs back in January 2018.
“The truth is that in January 2018 Arap Mashamba tried to entice
@winnie_odinga and I with high-level government positions, a kind of divide n rule tactic using a very senior Ambassador to put pressure but obviously we told him to F off and talk to the source,” tweeted Raila jnr, adding the hashtag #WakiropokaTunatoboa.
Naturally, Jnr’s comments drew hundreds of reactions from excitable Kenyans on Twitter, most of whom are loving how this political game is building up ahead of the 2022 finals.
Yaani babayako ndio amekusho useme hivi? Pambana na hali yako
— kenneth kinoti (@kinotikenmuro) April 10, 2019
@WilliamsRuto aki ambia Nick Ruto arushe reply hapa…this is so much fun????
— UkweliUsemwe (@AnotherKenya) April 10, 2019
Uhuru na Ruto wako na watoto but wanajua kutumia mdomo..
— Renson Matabili (@RensonWabomba) April 10, 2019
Wacha kanuke sasa…
— Briph (@Briph_) April 10, 2019
This clarification tweet …on a scale of 1-10..N/A..
wacha mehemehe mingi nanii
— charlo Mwas Quidos (@cquidos05) April 10, 2019
let babu ajisemee wewe bado sana kwa league ya champions
— Kaka Judar Mkomora (@JMkomora) April 10, 2019
Kusema kweli Arap mashamba amewagonga!
— kariuki (@njogokariuki) April 10, 2019
Eeehh now i have buckled my seat belt…next?
— Kelvin M’mayi (@KelvinMmayi) April 10, 2019
Huh underhand deals!!!! so he thought kids will go against the father? hehehehe
This nation has so ridiculous characters inthe names of leadership
— Butula’s Finest (@SamMacoha) April 10, 2019
Wewe achia baba siasa, Ruto sio rika yako
— Daniel Sangula (@NaibeiDaniel) April 10, 2019
This is a confirmation of the damage @WilliamsRuto did to the Odinga dynasty last night. Relax, Na bado!!! More is coming. This was just a curtain raiser. The real show is coming. @EmmanuelTalam
— Reuben Karari (@reuben_karari) April 10, 2019