Editor's Review

Referring him to the Biblical Zaccheus, Raila accused President Ruto of imposing punitive taxes on Kenyans.

It is now apparent that Azimio leader Raila Odinga would not be looking back in the new battle line he has launched against President William Ruto and his administration.

The longstanding opposition leader is basing his new anti-government attacks on a supposed fraud in the 2022 presidential election. 

Since a recent unveiling of a dossier on alleged electoral malpractice, it has become a resolution for Raila to discredit the Ruto-led administration and question its legitimacy.

Speaking on January 23 at Kamukunji where his supporters had gathered, Raila declared that he would not recognize Ruto as a validly installed head of state.

He reiterated the same on Sunday, January 29, while attending a church service at Jesus Teaching Ministry (JTM) church in Embakasi.

ODM leader Raila Odinga and Narc Kenya's Martha Karua at JTM church.

The ODM leader in a lashing tongue asked the president to give up the office for him to occupy it as he is the one who was elected.

He coupled his message with tirades against Ruto whom he accused of imposing punitive taxes on Kenyans.

"You have become Zaccheus the tax collector in Kenya. You must admit that you were defeated in the polls. Come out of State House for Baba to get in. We don't want fights, and we don't want conflicts, but we will not accept being intimidated. Kenyans have a right to sound leadership, and that is why Azimio is firm," he said.

He would later proceed to Jacaranda Grounds where his supporters had gathered for a rally.

While there, he claimed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chair Wafula Chebukati and other commissioners sought an audience with him before the declaration of the presidential results on August 15, 2022.

He threatened to expose Chebukati and his team which he suggested had gone to his house for a hidden agenda.

Raila sustained his attacks on the leadership of the elections management body which he faulted for bungling the presidential vote.

The rallies and consultative fora Raila said will continue in other parts of the country before a major in Nairobi through which Azimio's next course will be charted.