After his troops disobeyed his orders to delegitimize President William Ruto and his government during his Kamukunji demonstration, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is now on his own.
The governors of Azimio claim that Raila’s proclamation that he does not accept Ruto as president is merely a political statement and not an enforceable legal declaration.
The leaders of the Azimio organization, led by the governors of Mombasa and Makueni, Mutula Kilonzo Junior and Abdulswamad Nassir, swore to acknowledge Ruto as president.
“Development and politics are two distinct things. Ruto is currently the president according to the constitution, Nassir said.
He committed to collaborating with Ruto for the betterment of Mombasa’s residents.
“Ruto is in charge of taxation. Laws are signed by him. Nassir asked, “Does anyone else do that?
Mutula Kilonzo Jr. promised to defy Raila’s order and cooperate with Ruto and his administration.
“Obviously, we’ll disregard Raila’s call. The comment is being viewed as political and not legal. If such declarations were to be made, they ought to have been made before to Ruto’s oath of office, Mutula said.
Even after ordering Nyanza governors to greet Ruto as president in the region a fortnight prior, he questioned Raila’s apparent change of heart.
“Raila’s supporters welcomed Ruto recently in Luo Nyanza, and they acknowledged him as the president. Why should that alter at this time? he questioned.
Other Azimio governors, including James Orengo, Anyang Nyongo, Gladys Wanga, Ochilo Ayacko, and Simba Arati, have also stated that they will cooperate with Ruto and his administration despite having backed Raila Odinga.