We are not supporting RAILA ODINGA’s AU bid because we fear him – RUTO's man FAROUK KIBET says.

Monday, February 26, 2024 - President William Ruto’s aide Farouk Kibet has dismissed claims that the Kenya Kwanza Alliance government is supporting former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s African Union Chairperson bid because they fear him.

Speaking in Nandi, Farouk Kibet clarified that their endorsement is not rooted in fear for the 2027 general election, but rather a desire to see Raila play a transformative role on the continental stage.

He said there was a need for the Azimio leader to transcend local political divides and ensure a peaceful retirement.

According to Kibet, supporting Raila’s bid for the position aligns with a broader vision of fostering unity and collaboration beyond national borders.

“We are not supporting him because we fear him,” he said.

“We are supporting him as a gift so that God can see us as generous people like other Kenyans. They should not see us as cowards, how can we fear a person that we defeated the other time?” he questioned.

He also told off some of his allies who he said are opposed to Raila's candidature instead of supporting him.

“Sisi hatutaki hasara ya kila siku ashindwe aseme ameibiwa. Sijui mwizi anakuwanga wapi katikati ya hii kura. (We no longer want him to lose then come back to claim votes have been stolen. We don't know where this thief is in every election circle),” he said.


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