- Herman Manyora claimed Ruto had realised that Raila was a man who must be handled with care, just like his predecessors did
- Manyora says Ruto needs peace to govern the country, and that could only be achieved by striking a deal with Raila
- According to him, the deal between Ruto and Raila will have casualties from both sides of the political divide
Nairobi – Political Analyst Herman Manyora has explained why President William Ruto needs a truce with Raila Odinga.
Manyora opined that former president Uhuru Kenyatta was not weak to signup for the handshake with Raila.
“William Ruto has come to the same conclusion Moi came to many years ago that Raila was a man you needed to handle with care. That Kibaki was not a fool to deal with Raila Odinga in the manner he dealt with that Uhuru Kenyatta was not a weak link to go into the handshake with Raila Odinga,” Manyora said.
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How William Ruto can govern efficiently
The political analyst further explained that President Ruto has noted that peace and tranquillity must exist for him to govern the country efficiently. The above, he says, would be achieved by striking a deal with his archrival.
“William Ruto has come to the conclusion that you need peace to govern this country, you need to have a deal with Raila Odinga, and in this deal, therefore, William Ruto comes out with the peace he so requires, the tranquillity and ability to govern the country for even more than one term,” he opined.
He rubbished the bipartisan talks between Azimio la Umoja and Kenya Kwanza, branding them a PR stunt because the duo had already struck a deal.
However, Manyora said the deal will have casualties from both sides of the divide. People will be thrown under the bus.
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William Ruto offers to meet Raila Odinga for talks
On Tuesday, July 25, Ruto expressed his willingness to engage the longstanding opposition leader in face-to-face talks at the latter’s convenience.
The president stated the engagement would happen upon his return from Tanzania, where he is on an official visit.
Ruto did not divulge the contents and the terms with which he would engage Raila.