Kigame to Ruto: Stop the sideshows

Kigame to Ruto: Stop the sideshows

By Peter Ochieng

Veteran gospel musician Reuben Kigame is not a happy Kenyan.

Kigame who has already declared his bid for the 2027 presidential race is fed up with what he terms as sideshows from President William Ruto and his allies.

He says as things stand, the president is not keen on delivering on what he promised Kenyans during the 2022 electioneering period.

Through a series of tweets on Wednesday, 1st January 2023, Kigame said electoral disputes are not good for the country at this point in time.

“I urge every Kenyan citizen to join in solidarity and stop the government from all the side shows at a time the lives of citizens are on survival mode and the entire economy on its deathbed. Electoral disputes will not help anybody put food on the table,” he wrote.

Over the past few days, Ruto has been embroiled in a bitter exchange of words with Azimio leader Raila Odinga.

The back and forth between the two leaders started after Odinga claimed that he won the 2022 presidential contest.

He challenged Ruto to resign.

The president hit back, insinuating that the opposition chief’s public engagement forums are being sponsored by people associated with former president Uhuru Kenyatta, unwilling to pay taxes.

Kigame accused Ruto’s administration of taxing everything in the country.

“The government is busy taxing everything and increasing margins when it should be regulating and lowering the same. The president is obsessed with privatization of Parastatals”.

”Meanwhile the government, private entities and every imaginable money lender asks us to borrow.”

In 2013, Kigame vied for the Vihiga County gubernatorial seat, losing to former governor Moses Akaranga.

In 2022, he was among a host of candidates barred by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from the race to State House, for reportedly failing to meet thresholds set by the polls body.


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