- Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua said ODM leader Raila Odinga lacked the moral authority to lecture the government
- Rigathi said the country was enjoying their engagements with the west and would continue working with them
- The DP said Raila had sunk the country into KSh 10 trillion debt when they were given the opportunity to advise the government
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has renewed his war of words with Azimio La Umoja leader Raila Odinga.
Responding to Raila following a press statement in which the ODM leader accused President William Ruto of being a puppet and pleasing the west by allowing the importation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) maize, the DP said he had no moral authority.
During a meeting on Monday, November 21, in Garissa, the second in command chided the ODM leader for labelling President William Ruto a puppet of the west.
The DP stated that the government did not want advice from the opposition leader, arguing that they sunk the country into a KSh 10 trillion debt when they had the opportunity.
“We want to say the president don’t need advice from that corner. The time they were given the opportunity to advise the government, this country sank into a ditch.They have no moral authority to advise us on what we need to do to get out of the crisis we are currently in. When they were given opportunity to advise government, we went into a KSh 10 trillion debt. If President William Ruto was to get advice from that corner, this country would be in further trouble,” he said.
Rigathi Gachagua: We are happy
The DP added that the country was enjoying a food relationship with its foreign partners, and they would continue with the engagements.
He asked the opposition chief to leave the president alone, adding that they would work with anybody who meant well for Kenya.
“I want to ask them to leave the president alone. The west is supporting us, and we’re happy. That engagement with the west will continue. We’ll engage the east and anybody who means well for this country to protect our national interests,” the DP said.
Azimio leaders want GMO importers made public
Meanwhile, Azimio leaders believe that businessmen close to either the president or his close circle are lining up to benefit financially from the importation of GMO maize sanctioned by the government.
They now want the government to make public the names of the importers for transparency purposes.
He added that President William Ruto’s government is leveraging the famine situation as an excuse to defraud the country while putting peoples’ lives at risk.