Following President William Ruto’s allegation to Azimio La Umoja leader Raila Odinga about the 1982 coup, the party leader has threatened to file a defamation lawsuit against the president claiming that it’s ruining his reputation.
He was Speaking on Thursday in Nakuru County, where he was holding the proclaimed peaceful rallies on the state of living, where he claimed that the president was tarnishing his name with allegations of the attempted coup in 1982 during the late President Daniel Moi’s era, in which he stated that he was arrested for treason and released after 6 months due to a lack of evidence.
“Nitakushtaki wewe kwa kuharibu jina langu. I was accused of treason by the government. I was in Kamiti for six months until being released in 1983 due to a lack of evidence. When the courts discovered there was no proof connecting me to the failed coup in 1982, I was exonerated of all treason charges. Ruto has damaged my reputation, and I will sue him for defamation.” Said Raila.
This comes after the president noted that Hon. Raila should coordinate with the police to explain how the peaceful protest will be carried out, accusing him of carrying out chaotic demonstrations for the past 50 years.
“Mr.Odinga has held bloody and chaotic protests for the past 50 years; he must reassure Kenyans that this time will be different. This is why we’ve asked Raila Odinga to meet with police and explain how the protests will be peaceful,” Said Mr. President.
The opposition leader went on to say that he will not give in to threats because they are merely attempts to intimidate him into calling off the mass action scheduled for Monday next week.
“William Ruto and Rigathi Gachagua cannot intimidate us. I want to let them know that I participated in the second liberation of this nation. The two have no idea what I’ve been through. I have been fighting for democracy and spent eight years in detention while some of them were still breastfeeding,” He added.