Raila Odinga, the Azimio presidential candidate, has challenged William Ruto, the deputy president, to quit the government if he is dissatisfied with it rather than criticizing his own leadership.
On Tuesday night, Mr. Odinga said it was unfair for the DP to attack an administration that he is a part of in a joint television appearance with his running mate Martha Karua.
“It is unfair for somebody who is earning a salary, has got over 250 security of government defending him, using government vehicles and equipment to do the campaigns to come out and say he is not in government,” Mr Odinga said.
He criticized Dr. Ruto for saying he was a part of the Jubilee administration, stating that he receives no pay from the government.
“He claims he was removed from government, if that is so, then do the decent thing that most responsible people do, resign,” Mr Odinga charged.
He asserted that the only honorable course of action for the DP is resignation, much as his father, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, the first vice president, did after a dispute with Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
“That’s what Mr Bildad Kaggia and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga did.
“You resign and become an ordinary person,” the former Prime Minister said.
He went on: “You don’t say you are out of government and blaming the government yet you earn salary from the same government. If that is not hypocrisy, then I don’t know what hypocrisy is.”
Ms Karua also told off the DP over what she termed as double speak.
“You can’t also choose which part of government you will claim credit for and which part you disown,” she said.
“If somebody is standing in the podium and telling people that I have influenced this to happen in government, she said, they must also take the blame for any shortcoming of government and that is the way it is.”
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