ODM leader Raila Odinga threw snide remarks towards ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi over claims he makes about him in his recently-published autobiography.
Raila, on a question and answer session with the Daily Nation that was published on Monday, December 9, announced that he did not take seriously the claims made by the ANC leader.
“I do not want to discuss Mudavadi’s book mostly because he suffers from serious memory lapses from the claims he is making,” Odinga told the publication.
Mudavadi’s book dismisses Raila as a political player with a penchant for hiding his cards behind his back and stabbing other leaders in the back.
In his autobiography, he painted the case of Odinga’s swearing-in as the ultimate betrayal, stating that he kept the Nasa leaders in the dark until he was sworn in.
Reports from The Standard on December 5, 2019, indicated that Raila had asked the Nasa principals to announce the calling off of the swearing-in ceremony only to act surprised when the leaders went on air to make the announcement.
Mudavadi also took issue with Odinga’s handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta stating that Odinga went behind their back and
“There was not even the slightest hint that anything of this kind could be going on. The handshake of Friday, March 9, between the two gentlemen, came as a shocker,” he writes.
Raila, however, defended himself in the Daily Nation interview and stated that Mudavadi was only telling half the story to fit whatever narrative he intended to push.
“When you speak candidly to the other Nasa principals over the swearing in ceremony, they will give you a different picture and not what Mudavadi is saying. To me, he suffers from memory lapses and has stuck to the gospel according to Saint Musalia Mudavadi,” Odinga remarked.