Informer East Africa accepts donations to continue delivering daily news to you.

Donation Amount. Min £2

Ruto: I will call Raila 'my brother' if it stops maandamano

President William Ruto has defended his affectionate reference to opposition leader Mr Raila Odinga, who he recently called “my brother”. 

The term “my brother” is associated with the former Head of State Uhuru Kenyatta, who usually referred to Mr Odinga as his elder brother.

While addressing a section of Muslim leaders at State House on Monday evening during the Iftar, President Ruto said that if referring to the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition leader as his brother will make him end the protests, then he will keep doing it.

“If calling Raila as my brother will make him call off demonstrations, I’ll call him my brother ten times, and I will even refer him as my dear brother,” President Ruto said.

During the last regime, both Mr Kenyatta and Mr Odinga would call each other “my brother” as a description of their close working relationship, which started in 2018 after a Handshake.

In his recent address, which was about the bi-partisan negotiation with the opposition, President Ruto said that they agreed to end their differences and allow representatives from both the political divide to table their grievances.

Before then, the President, who is known for being sarcastic, would refer to Mr Odinga with abusive phrases such as ule mtu wa kitendawili, yule jamaa wa fujo, mtu wa handshake and mtu wa kung’oa reli, among other names.

The Monday event at State House was attended by Prime Cabinet Secretary Muslaia Mudavadi and Defence CS Aden Duale, among others.

Criticising the prayers

The President also asked his critics to stop criticising the prayers and services at the State House.

He noted that a section of Kenyans have been complaining about the frequent services that started after the Kenya Kwanza administration took over the office last year.

“I had prayers here sometime back because of the election, and some people started saying that this man has turned the place to be the house of prayers. I know that even tomorrow, they will say that I’ve turned the State House into a place of prayers. I want to ask them to stop worrying, this is the place of prayers, and it will continue to be the place of prayers” President Ruto said.

The President reiterated that Kenya was a God-fearing nation.

“As a person who believes in God, as a religious person, I take a lot of pride in associating with people who believe in God. Because I know the benefits of fearing God,” he said.

President Ruto also said that he had no apology for frequent visits to the places of worship.

He said that due to his belief in God, he will continue to forge ahead uniting Kenyans, and preaching peace. By Kevin Cheruiyot, NMG

About IEA Media Ltd

Informer East Africa is a UK based diaspora Newspaper. It is a unique platform connecting East Africans at home and abroad through news dissemination. It is a forum to learn together, grow together and get entertained at the same time.

To advertise events or products, get in touch by info [at] informereastafrica [dot] com or call +447957636854.
If you have an issue or a story, get in touch with the editor through editor[at] informereastafrica [dot] com or call +447886544135.

We also accept donations from our supporters. Please click on "donate". Your donations will go along way in supporting the newspaper.

Get in touch

Our Offices

London, UK
+44 7886 544135
editor (@) informereastafrica.com
Slough, UK
+44 7957 636854
info (@) informereastafrica.com

Latest News

Centenary Bank and Pamoja foundation join hands to keep Nakawa Market clean

Centenary Bank and P...

Centenary Bank, Uganda’s leading commercial microfinance bank, has today joined hands with Pamoja Fo...

Egypt: Human Rights Group and its Director Threatened and Smeared

Egypt: Human Rights...

Ahmed Salem, the director of the Sinai Foundation for Human Rights, has been under an aggressive sme...

US Accused of Killing Cuban Doctors in Somalia Airstrike

US Accused of Killin...

A U.S. Predator drone armed with a Hellfire missile flies on a combat mission over Afghanistan in 2...

Embakasi central MP questions transparency in NYS recruitment

Embakasi central MP...

An NYS recruitment underway during the 2024 intake carried out in February. He emphasized the need f...

For Advertisement

Big Reach

Informer East Africa is one platform for all people. It is a platform where you find so many professionals under one umbrella serving the African communities together.

Very Flexible

We exist to inform you, hear from you and connect you with what is happening around you. We do this professionally and timely as we endeavour to capture all that you should never miss. Informer East Africa is simply news for right now and the future.

Quality News

We only bring to you news that is verified, checked and follows strict journalistic guidelines and standards. We believe in 1. Objective coverage, 2. Impartiality and 3. Fair play.

Banner & Video Ads

A banner & video advertisement from our sponsors will show up every once in a while. It keeps us and our writers coffee replenished.