Your time is up, Jubilee leaders tell Raila, Kalonzo
Sakaja says President’s election marked the start of new generation
JUBILEE Party top brass have advised opposition leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula that their time is up and they should step aside to give way to a new generation of leaders.
Speaking on their behalf, Nominated MP Johnson Sakaja, 31 years old and a presidential confidant, told the Star yesterday the time for the old brand of politics was over and his election in 2013 marked the dawn of a new generation of leaders.
Sakaja was chairman of Uhuru’s former TNA party until it was folded into the Jubilee Party at the weekend.
“Some of these leaders cannot read the signs of the times and that is why they still hope to find ways of dividing Kenyans. They have time and again chosen violent, destructive and undemocratic politics. This cannot continue because at the end of the day it is ordinary Kenyans who suffer from irresponsible leadership,” Sakaja told the Star on the phone.
He did not name names but his remarks left no doubt that he was referring to opposition leaders Raila, Kalonzo and Wetang’ula who have all previously served in government.
“Those leaders had their chances. They wasted them, again and again - always opting to divide Kenyans, rather than unite them. Your time is done,” Sakaja declared.
In December 2007 the defeat of ODM candidate Raila by President Mwai Kibaki led to claims of vote rigging and post-election violence where 1,500 Kenyans died and 650,000 were displaced.
The March 2013 elections were also disputed by Cord who claimed that Uhuru had not secured a simple majority on the first round. However the Supreme Court rejected their petition and endorsed Uhuru’s election.
Sakaja asked Cord to follow President Kenyatta and Deputy President William’s example of allowing young people to run party affairs.
“Cord has many young smart leaders but they are not allowed to exercise and realise their full potential. This country will be changed by leaders who want unity of purpose like we are doing in Jubilee,” said Sakaja.
Raila is 71 years old. He was Energy minister in the Kanu government of President Moi before taking over as Roads minister under President Kibaki in 2003. After 2007, he became Prime Minister in the coalition government.
Kalonzo, 62, served in the Kanu government as a minister for more than 20 years. In 2007 he became Vice President in the coalition government after unsuccessfully contesting the presidency.
Wetangu’la, 59, served as a Kanu nominated MP and as assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs. He became Foreign minister in the coalition government in 2008.
The three co-principals all hope to take the the Cord presidential nomination in 2017 but are yet to agree among themselves who should run.
With less than a year to go before the August 2017 elections, the three have been accusing the Jubilee administration of failing in its election promises and of involvement in cor- ruption including the Eurobond controversy.
Sakaja told the Star that the opposition needs to give way to new leaders who are interested in uniting and developing the country.
“We are telling those who cannot read the signs of the time that our generation has learnt from your mistakes. We refuse to make them all over again. We cannot go back. We will not go back. Let our generation fulfil its destiny to lead us on a path of unity to reach the highest heights,” he said.
“Many of these parties have divided Kenyans along tribal lines all this year. We want to unite the country and that is why we formed Jubilee,” said Sakaja.
“Division and disunity bred a politics that was undemocratic and unresponsive to the needs of the people. In the late 1980s, Kenyans
‘WE ARE TELLING THOSE WHO CANNOT READ THE SIGNS OF THE TIME THAT OUR GENERATION HAS LEARNT FROM YOUR MISTAKES. WE REFUSE TO MAKE THEM ALL OVER AGAIN. WE CANNOT GO BACK. WE WILL NOT GO BACK. LET OUR GENERATION FULFIL ITS DESTINY TO LEAD US ON A PATH OF UNITY TO REACH THE HIGHEST HEIGHTS’
started to agitate for change, seeking to unite around a common goal of pursuing multi-party democracy. Unfortunately, no sooner had we seen the great promise of unity than we took the wrong turn in the road, again. From that came the politics of division and even ethnic violence through the 1990s,” he said.
“The politics of this new century started with the call of unity in 2002. You will remember what happened after our first referendum in 2005. It also became a platform for a new era of ethnic politics. In that divided way, we walked into the tragic breakdown following the 2007 elections,” he said.
Launching his new Jubilee Party at the weekend President Kenyatta unveiled his vision for a Kenya where equality, justice and prosperity will be guaranteed. He pointed to progress already achieved in the energy, infrastructure, health, education, technology and innovation sectors.
Yesterday Ford Kenya leader Wetang’ula insisted that Jubilee had not delivered on its promises.
“If they had done what they promised Kenyans, their achievements would have been there for all to see. But where are they? In fact the country is worse off now,” claimed Wetang’ula.
Political analyst Barrack Muluka said it was important for the political leadership to recognise the power of young people.
“Young people in all these parties are many and willing to not just learn but to serve. They have the energy and desire to succeed. Let us nurture them,” said Muluka.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto during the launch of the Jubilee Party at Safaricom Stadium in Nairobi on Septermber 10, 2016.