Why We Won't Disrespect Ruto in Rallies – Jeremiah Kioni

  • Jubilee secretary general, Jeremiah Kioni, assured President William Ruto that the opposition will accord him the respect he deserves as the head of state. 

    He added that they would not borrow a leaf from Ruto’s strategy, one through which he openly criticised his former boss and predecessor, Uhuru Kenyatta.  

    Speaking on Inooro TV on Wednesday, December 7, Kioni announced that the country-wide rallies planned by the Azimio La Umoja Coalition will only be used to keep the government in check.

    “We will not insult him (Ruto) as he did to Uhuru. We will give him respect as the President.

    Jubilee Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni.

    Jubilee Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni.


    “If he calls us for talks, he will have to give a reason for his decision. However, we know he already ruled that out,” Kioni stated.

    The secretary general also poked holes in Ruto’s plan for Grade Six learners, demanding to know what would happen to the thousands of classrooms constructed across the country to accommodate learners.

    He argued that parents were in limbo after the Basic Education principal secretary, Belio Kipsang, abolished boarding schools.

    In addition, he questioned Ruto’s Hustler Fund project, wondering, “Where is the Ksh50 billion coming from to fund the Hustler Fund?

    “Is it from the government or individuals. Yes 100 days is not enough to transform the economy but that is what they asked for and I must hold them accountable,”  he added.

    Kioni further accused Ruto of subduing the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) by coercing some of the commissioners to quit ahead of the retirement of Chairperson Wafula Chebukati in 2023.

    However, he dismissed claims that the four IEBC commissioners led by the former Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera were allied to Azimio.

    The split, according to Kioni, occurred due to the lack of clear leadership from Chebukati, who was allegedly used to rig out former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

    Azimio Chief Raila Odinga arrives at the Kamukunji Grounds for a consultative forum on Wednesday, December 7, 2022.

    Azimio Chief Raila Odinga arrives at the Kamukunji Grounds for a consultative forum on Wednesday, December 7, 2022.

    Raila Odinga

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