Manyora to Ruto: When you isolate Raila, he becomes a ‘dangerous animal’

Manyora to Ruto: When you isolate Raila, he becomes a ‘dangerous animal’

By Peter Ochieng

Political commentator and analyst Professor Herman Manyora has advised President William Ruto against ‘poaching’ leaders from the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya formation, headed by ODM party leader Raila Odinga.

Speaking while appearing on NTV’s AM Live show on Tuesday morning, Manyora said Odinga becomes a ‘dangerous animal’ whenever he feels isolated.

“I want to tell the government side that they should not rejoice when they take leaders from Raila’s side, because what are the consequences? If you isolate Raila, then he becomes a dangerous animal. What does he do? He takes his case direct to the people of Kenya. And that is how you must understand Kamukunji, Jacaranda and many more others,” said Prof Manyora.

He said the Head of State can speak to a few leaders when need be, but cannot control Kenyans when things get out of hand.

“You can deal with leaders; you can talk to them, you can buy some of them but once people are angry and they have spilled into the streets, there is very little you can do as the president.”

He appeared on the show alongside Professor Joseph Gitile Naitui who urged the president to trade carefully, owing to the large crowd that turned out to listen to Odinga at the Kamukunji grounds, on Monday afternoon.

“The crowd at Kamukunji grounds was big. I didn’t expect that, it is an indication that people are beginning to realize that things are not really what they would have liked them to be.”

The two spoke a day after President William Ruto met a section of Jubilee Party leaders at State House, Nairobi. Jubilee is a constituent party of Azimio La Umoja One Kenya.

Nominated MP Sabina Chege and East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) MP Kanini Kega are among the leaders who met the Head of State on Monday.


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