ODM leader Raila Odinga while hosting children for a Christmas fun day at his Riat home in Kisumu County on December 24, 2021. [Collins Oduor, Standard]
ODM leader Raila Odinga has once again questioned the source of the money his political nemesis William Ruto has been dishing out in churches and during his rallies.
Raila, who spoke while launching the Kisumu Street Party on Friday, called on his supporters to ensure six-piece voting in the August elections, especially in areas considered his strongholds.
The ODM chief poked holes in Ruto’s philanthropic activities.
Dr Ruto has been giving out millions of shillings during his political rallies saying it was his way of empowering the people but critics have questioned the source of his wealth.
Raila who exuded confidence he will floor Ruto also said he will seal corruption loopholes that have been used to embezzle public funds to ensure his Sh6,000 per month social protection plan for vulnerable families is implemented.
“Having worked in government for five years as prime minister, I know where the funds are and how to get them. We will ensure leaders don’t steal public funds,” said Raila who spoke in Ugunja sub-county during an ODM delegates meeting on Saturday.
And while speaking in Kisumu on Friday, Raila said: “He spends over Sh100 million every month in fundraisers. Even the major companies cannot afford to spend that kind of money at that rate and remain in business.”
He said the DP’s salary does not allow him to make the kind of donations he has been making.
However, Ruto as defended his donations, saying Raila does not like “because he is stingy”.
“He belongs to jail because his money is ill-gotten,” said the ODM boss in a statement is likely to reignite the debate on wealth declaration by public officials even as the country heads into the August elections.
It comes as the DP’s donations made headlines as groups clash over the money during rallies.
“He has dared me to a political contest and I want to tell him that I have stepped into the ring and I am ready,” said Raila adding; “He should also know that Christians and churches do not fancy corruption and proceeds of the vice.”
“I am the right person to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta and I have what it takes to transform our economy.”
Raila said his administration will focus on wealth creation in counties under a slogan “Uchumi Mashinani”.
He said he will emphasize on his proposed social welfare programme while increasing investment in modern technology.