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KOT react to Ruto’s ‘witchcraft’ taunt on Raila

Kenyans on social media have weighed with critical responses in the wake of claims by Deputy President William Ruto that Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga practices witchcraft.

The DP, who once was a close ally of Odinga, has repeatedly made this claim while on the campaign trail in recent times.

In the most recent comment, the DP claimed in Embu that the campaign slogans “Tialala” and “Tibim”, which are associated with Odinga’s National Super Alliance (Nasa) Coalition, are meant to advance the alleged witchcraft theories.

“Wakati Uhuru Kenyatta anapanga tujenge daraja ya urafiki na undugu na umoja wa wakenya anasema tuko pamoja, ati yule mganga anasema Tialala ati sijui Tibim (laughter from the crowd). Sasa mtu ya Uganga na uichawi atashindana na mtu ya Mungu namna gani?,” Ruto said.

(When Uhuru Kenyatta is planning how we are going to build friendships and brotherhood and unity among Kenyans, he says ‘tuko pamoja’, meanwhile that witch doctor is saying ‘Tialala’ or ‘Tibim’ (laughter from the crowd). So how will a witch doctor compete with a God fearing person?)

This has prompted Kenyans online to share their views:

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr Ruto have embarked on a nationwide campaign ahead of repeat presidential election against Mr Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka on October 26.

The repeat was ordered for by the Supreme Court ruling of the presidential election petition on September 1 which also annulled President Kenyatta’s victory in the August 8 election.