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Ida Odinga: My ties with Rachel Ruto

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Ida Odinga, the wife to ODM leader Raila Odinga has opened up about her relationship with Rachel Ruto, the wife to Deputy President William Ruto.

Mrs Odinga in an interview with the local dailies said she has had a cordial relationship with Mrs Ruto despite the rising political temperatures fuelled by the fierce competition involving their spouses.

She, however, acknowledged the bitter political fight between the DP and the former prime minister could create tense moments for them.

Mrs Odinga also said they share a warm relationship with Margaret Kenyatta, the President’s wife,  with whom, she pointed out, they consult frequently.

“With Margaret, we’re easy but for Rachel, I know with the current political situation, she may not be comfortable but what Kenyans should know is that politics is not enmity,” Mrs Odinga told the Nation newspapers in an interview.

“In fact, we’re friends although we don’t meet often. But I need not ask for permission from anyone to meet anybody,” she asserted.

“There are certain decisions that I can also make. If I need consultation, I’ll consult, but there are certain decisions I can make as a human being.”

Mrs Odinga, who has been at the centre of a political storm in ODM over her recent statement calling for consensus in nominating various candidates for next year’s election, maintained that her statement was personal and not influenced by the party leadership.

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