President William Ruto has now offered to meet the Azimio leader Raila Odinga for a face-to-face talk so as to end the street demonstrations that have been going on for the last few months over the high cost of living in the country.
Confirming this on Tuesday evening, President Ruto took to his twitter account saying that he is in Tanzania and that, immediately he gets back to the country, he is ready to meet the Azimio leader one on one.
“My friend @RailaOdinga ,(I) am off to Tanzania for a human capital meeting to harmonise the expansion of employment opportunities in our continent. Am back tomorrow evening, and as you have always known, am available to meet one on one with you anytime at your convenience. WSR.” Dr. Ruto tweeted.
This offer comes hours after the Azimio leader accused the President of not making the bi-partisan talks a success since many eminent leaders have been willing to bring them together but all in vain.
Speaking to the International Press Association of East Africa on Tuesday, Mr. Raila said that both local and international leaders have tried to mediate their talks with Ruto with no success.
Mr. Odinga revealed that President Ruto even snubbed Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu who was in Kenya for two days with the intention of initiating the bi-partisan talks.
“The President of Tanzania came here two weeks ago at the invitation of President Ruto to mediate and she was kept waiting,” said Mr Odinga.
“She spent two nights here and it was all in vain. Other people have tried, but he is the one who is resisting so basically knows what he wants.”
President Ruto has always said that he never wants to share power and his call for peace should not be misunderstood with the previous handshake between the former President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Azimio leader Raila Odinga.
Raila has also been maintaining that he doesn’t want any stake in the Kenya Kwanza government.
By Matildah Obaigwa