- “Fallout between Uhuru, Ruto was predetermined. Ruto has a history of fallouts. He fell out with his bosses Daniel Moi, Raila and now Uhuru. He will again not see eye to eye with whoever he will work with in 2022.”- Prof Kagwanja.
- Kagwanja says that “Raila is a legitimate son of this country. We’ve been demonising him for years; let’s give him a break.”
Raila Odinga, who run for president in 2013 on a National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition ticket, was defeated “on the basis of negative politics”, says Prof. Peter Kagwanja.
The renowned policy adviser says that the leading presidential candidates (Jubilee’s Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA’s Raila) were playing negative politics of name-calling in the run-up to the 2013 General Election.
Prof Kagwanja was responding to Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua’s challenge on President Uhuru to clarify what was behind Raila’s ‘Saul-to-Paul’ transformation in the eyes of the Mount Kenya region electorate.
“In 2013 and 2017, Uhuru led the castigation of Raila in Mount Kenya region, painting him as an evil man. Today he is busy praising him. He should explain to us what has changed,” MP Gachagua had opined during TV47’s Pundits Night show on Monday.
But in a quick rejoinder, Prof Kagwanja dismissed the lawmaker’s sentiments, insisting that even Uhuru himself did not invent the insults directed towards Raila. He said while history is important, a country should not dwell on the past but focus on the future.
“Our past was not good, we defeated Raila Odinga in 2013 on the basis of negative politics. Him [Raila] playing negative politics and UhuRuto playing negative politics….. basically polarising the country. They were building on a worse legacy,” Prof Kagwanja said.
He added: “It is not Uhuru Kenyatta who invented the insults for Raila. They were very good buddies. Remember, they fought together in 2005 Referendum. If there are people who are guilty as charged ask Kiraitu Murungi, ask Peter Kagwanja. They will tell you. We may not have uttered the names ourselves but we invented them. We needed a devil in order to win those elections. And we have told Raila Odinga that we are sorry and he has forgiven us.”