Former National Police Service Spokesperson Charles Owino has asked opposition leader to support President William Ruto and give him time to serve Kenyans.
Owino who is among 30 politicians from Luo Nyanza who have declared their support for Ruto is also Raila’s blood cousin. He has explained that every Kenyan recognizes Raila as a statesman and that it is no longer a must that he becomes president.
“Raila Odinga is not an ordinary Kenyan. He has walked through the path of democracy, and he cannot afford to spoil it at the last minute. He must not be the president. He can allow any other person even in his team to become the president,” said the former police spokesman.
Owino also explained that most of the leaders in the Kenya Kwanza administration have worked with Raila at one point so there is no need for the current bad blood.
“I can say with due respect, from the President, this I can call him his boys. These are the people that he worked with in 2007. Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula (N.A Speaker), President Ruto…these are his boys running this government, the people he has trained and developed.”
Owino made these sentiments as Azimio protests against the government enter the second week. Raila has announced that they will picket twice a week; Monday and Thursday.
On Sunday, Inspector General of Police Japheth Koome insisted that the protests by Azimio remain illegal. In a briefing to journalists on police preparedness, the IG warned that anyone found breaching the law will face consequences regardless of societal status.
“The demonstrations still remain illegal. The police will deal with anyone found with weapons to cause chaos tomorrow. Political issues should be handled through the appropriate political channels. The majority of these politicians have lived their full lives and are out to destroy the future of the youth,” Koome said.
“The police will protect lives and property of all Kenya and anyone found breaching law will be dealt with regardless of their status in the society,” he said.