Gachagua warns of Mt Kenya revolt should Odinga be proposed to join govt

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has warned that the Mt Kenya region will rebel against any proposal that could recommend a handshake government embracing Azimio boss Raila Odinga.

This has led to a war of words between him and Odinga over the Bomas National Dialogue Committee (NDC), which met at Bomas and is now out to compile its findings report.

On Wednesday, Mr Odinga said the dialogue initiative was on track if only “this unfit Deputy President Gachagua would stop bad-mouthing it”.

But on Friday, Mr Gachagua said on Inooro FM that “the dialogue will get Mr Odinga nowhere in his plan to enter government through the back door”.

Mr Odinga had said Mr Gachagua was not fit for the position “because of his divisive utterances and segregation of communities and regions by equating government with that which serves only shareholders”.

Responding to questions on national television, Mr Odinga said: “Mr Gachagua is behaving like a president of the Mt Kenya region instead of playing the national status the Constitution requires him to play, making him not only a local disgrace but a global one”.

But in retaliation, Gachagua said that Odinga was only using the dialogue committee to live up to his traditional reputation of returning to chaos after election defeats.

“I assure you that the talks will get him nowhere. We have agreed with President William Ruto that we will not bring him into the government” he said

“I have since put a condition on President Ruto that if the talks end in a handshake, Mount Kenya will rebel,” the DP added.

He continued by saying that “it is the unanimous position of the people of Mt Kenya that any talks that may lead to Mr Odinga being accommodated in government through a handshake arrangement will be resisted”.

DP Gachagua said the President had promised not to entertain any handshake plans with Raila and instead to steer the talks towards other issues.

“I have no time for these talks, I have proposed that we be represented by Kimani Ichung’wa because he cannot be a traitor. He’s the man I trust the most from Mt Kenya and when I’m out of the country I delegate community vigilance to him with the detail that he will call me if anything seems to be going wrong. I have also proposed Cecily Mbarire to back up Ichung’wa, another community warrior,” he said.

In his statements, Mr Odinga had hoped that the Kenya Kwanza Alliance government would “ignore the uncouth statements being made publicly by some of its senior leaders led by Gachagua against the dialogue initiative”.

Mr Odinga said he had chosen to remain optimistic that the committee would produce meaningful and beneficial results for the country to correct the anomalies that have undermined its economic development, political stability as well as disillusioned many from experiencing a sense of belonging.

“I have faith in the Bomas talks… I’m giving the process a chance… Personally, I’m staying true to the goodwill agreement we made at the outset where we promised that no one from our respective wings would sabotage the process through deeds and utterances,” he said.

He added that “unlike some of these Kenya Kwanza Alliance luminaries, I personally have my own views but I dare not voice them lest I be said to be insincer to the process. Our Azimio formation has remained patriotic to the process”.

He added that “the likes of Gachagua won’t listen to dissenting views or constructive advice…rather they continue to claim that we want a nusu mkate government while we have made it very clear that we don’t even need their rotten full loaf government”.

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