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David Ndii responds to former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga’s comments on Ruto-Raila handshake

On Wednesday, July 10, President William Ruto’s chief economic adviser, David Ndii, criticised former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga.

In an earlier interview, Mutunga claimed there was a “handshake” between President Ruto and Azimio party leader Raila Odinga. He argued that handshakes were inevitable because the leaders were protecting their interests.

Responding on social media, Ndii questioned why the former CJ was worried and accused him and Makau Mutua of leading troops into “the dynasty’s den.”

Ndii stressed that Raila’s nature was to negotiate and achieve agreements. However, he did not reveal further details of the agreements that the former prime minister achieved.

Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga speaking at an event in 2016

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“Why all the wailing? You and Makau Mutua led your troops into the dynasty’s lair. Raila, true to form, made deals and left them to their fate. You never spoke out against BBI or the Bomas coup attempt,” he wrote.

In the April interview with The Elephant, the Supreme Council said that these handshakes were backed by international and foreign powers. He added that it was time to ask whether Kenya owns Kenya or whether colonisation has ended in Africa.

“We are hostages of this venal and idiotic class that touts its sovereignty and independence because all they can do now is to lock us within these colonial borders in the name of handshakes and handouts,” Mutunga said.

It is noteworthy that in 2013 the former Chief Justice dismissed a petition filed by Raila Odinga opposing Uhuru Kenyatta’s election as president. Following the ruling, Raila has in the past accused Mutunga of being unfair.

Mutunga defended himself by adding that he was not bribed and that he made the decision due to lack of sufficient evidence to indicate malpractice in the presidential election.

Meanwhile, Ndii’s comments come at a time when Raila announced his support for the President’s plan to engage youth and form a multi-sectoral forum to address issues raised through the anti-government protests.

The economist had earlier suggested that Raila’s power was derived from his control of his troops. Ndii opined that power without control was not as effective.

“He says left, they go left, he says right, they go right, they start, they start, they stop, they stop,” he said.

President William Ruto (right) welcomes Azimio La Umoja Party leader Raila Odinga at the funeral of Mukami Kimathi in Nyandarua on Saturday, May 13, 2023

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