The political rift between ODM Leader Raila Odinga’s allies and the political camp allied to Deputy President William Ruto is far from over.
Now the war has escalated after a close DP ally appeared to wish death of the former Prime Minister.
Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa claimed Odinga had caused the death of many in the country and wondered why God had not taken him away.
“If I go to heaven one day, I will ask God why he did not take away Raila Odinga because this is a fellow we don’t need in this country. When you see him you bleed,” Barasa said in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
The legislator spoke at Parliament Buildings where at least fifteen MPs allied to Ruto accused the former Prime Minister of eyeing the DP job, while daring Siaya Senator James Orengo to bring a censure motion against Ruto.
“Raila is salivating for the DP’s seat. We know Raila has always wanted to gain power and because he cannot do it through the ballot, he wants to get power through the backdoor,” Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro said.
The charged personal epithets appear to be sending the country back to the pre-handshake era which was characterised by heated political exchanges – some bordering on hate speech.
Ruto’s camp appeared infuriated by remarks attributed to Orengo – threatening to sponsor an impeachment motion against the Deputy President over alleged corruption offences.
The motion of no confidence must originate from the National Assembly and requires a two-thirds majority to pass.
If the motion passes in the National Assembly, the matter is taken up by the Senate which is required to form a committee to investigate the merits of the impeachment motion before voting. A two-thirds majority is also required for the motion to sail through in the Senate.