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Ruto should be more forgiving to political detractors like Raila



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Deputy President William Ruto stands a chance to work with ODM boss Raila Odinga yet again if what was witnessed today is to go by.

Deputy President William Ruto, in an interview with Radio Citizen earlier today revealed that he was ready to work with ODM leader and rival Raila Odinga as long as they share economical goals.

Ruto pointed out that he and Raila have almost similar goals, all of which are aimed at uplifting the country.

“The former Prime Minister and I read from the same script on the need to have political parties that have a national outlook,” he said

Ruto accused political leaders of conducting ethnic-based politics.

He added that Raila and himself were pushing political outfits which can be embraced nationally.

“We have seen many leaders go back to their tribesmen, from political parties to bargain a pre-or post-election alliance. We need political parties that transcend the borders of ethnicity,” Ruto said.

The DP also mentioned Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka, Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi, Kanu’s Gideon Moi, and Ford-Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula, terming their parties tribal outfits that lack any philosophical, ideological, and policy underpinnings.

He repeated the same sentiments while being interviewed by comedian and radio presenter Jalango.

Raila and Ruto.

Many of Mr. Odinga’s supporters at home and abroad contend with the fact that, the ODM leader is extremely forgiving.

Irrespective of the gravity of differences, he is always ready to build bridges with his political enemies.

Nothing deterred Odinga from working with retired President Mwai Kibaki despite going through a tumultuous political experience before and after the 2007 Presidential election.

What Ruto is going through in Jubilee isn’t different from what Odinga has been through in his political journey.

Despite not sharing similar political ideologies, Ruto and Odinga, can boast sharing similar political experiences that can be harnessed for their political good.

The two leaders are tenacious and highly ambitious.

They also share a huge following throughout the country.

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If Odinga forgave the late President Daniel Moi, who detained him without trial for almost a decade, no major difference could prevent him from working with Ruto!

The ODM leader did a handshake with his former political nemesis- President Kenyatta despite fighting it out in two elections which Mr. Kenyatta controversially won.

The Handshake birthed the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), which is alleged to be the genesis of Ruto’s current political predicaments.

As the adage goes, adversity loves company. Nothing will deter Ruto from working with his former ally-ODM leader.

Both are victims of political betrayal emanating from the leaders they once trusted.

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