Initially, Ruto’s regime was negatively impacted by the demonstrations both locally and internationally. This led to government officials having to eat humble pie and stop chest-thumping and spitting venom at the opposition.
Ruto, being a shrewd schemer, isolated Raila internationally during the demonstrations. He convinced the African Union and European countries to release a statement denouncing Raila’s demonstrations and stating that Ruto’s presidency was legitimately validated by the Supreme Court.
According to Weekly Citizen, talks between Ruto and Raila resulted in the president’s side pushing for recognition of Ruto’s presidency and the formation of a strong opposition. Raila called off the demonstrations soon after.
Government officials who were subdued and cornered during the demonstrations are now radiating a sunny mood, while those in opposition wallow in a foul mood and attempt to save face by doing damage control.
Raila was forced to visit Kenyatta National Hospital and Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi to see those who were shot by police after Azimio was accused of pushing for political reforms instead of lowering the price of food.
It all began when United States Senator Christopher Coons called Raila to organise a video conference for former President Uhuru Kenyatta, Ruto, and the ODM leader.
The America president, Joe Biden, gave his blessings for a live video conference between the senator, the Kenyan president Uhuru, his deputy Ruto, and Raila, who was at his Karen residence. Coons called Raila before he joined his Azimio colleagues for a church service at AIPCA Ruiru.
The senator had already connected the three for the video conference, and Raila informed his colleagues of the developments. Earlier, Coons had notified Ruto that he would organize a video conference that would feature him, Biden, and Raila.
The US senator kept Raila abreast of the developments, with his concern being Azimio colleagues. Uhuru and Gideon Moi were all aware of the political developments. The Azimio leaders were scheduled to attend different church services within Ruiru town and later converge to address area residents.
During the video conference, Raila accused Ruto of manipulating the selection process for new Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission commissioners. He demanded the halting of their recruitment, claiming that President Uhuru engineered amendments to the law to influence the hiring of commissioners for the 2027 polls.
Ruto defended his decision to declare the IEBC commission jobs vacant, arguing his hands were tied by the law made during the handshake government. Raila also mentioned other grievances, such as the high cost of living and Ruto’s failure to fulfill election pledges.
Insiders revealed that Ruto was told to hold talks with Raila regarding the composition of the electoral body. They agreed that Raila’s team had a right to picket as it is protected in the Kenyan Constitution and universally recognized.
Later, Ruto announced that he had agreed to hold talks with Raila on the reconstitution of the IEBC, proposing a bipartisan consultation in parliament.
The president made the remarks accompanied by deputy president Rigathi Gachagua. Coons jetted out of the country after he had accomplished his mission of stopping the Azimio demonstrations.