Don’t play mind games with Kam­bas, de­fec­tors tell Raila

‘We ex­pected him to en­dorse Kalonzo this time round. But to our sur­prise, we hear them talk of Joho. Why should we be in Cord? — We are out’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - AN­DREW MBUVA @an­drewsm­buva

A sec­tion of Ukam­bani MPS who re­cently de­fected to the Ju­bilee Party have crit­i­cised Cord for tak­ing the com­mu­nity for granted.

Speak­ing when they hosted the Deputy Pres­i­dent William Ruto for a Church funds drive in Mu­ti­tuni yes­ter­day, the MPs led by Machakos town MP Vic­tor Mun­yaka de­manded to know the com­mu­nity’s po­si­tion in the op­po­si­tion.

They took is­sue with re­marks in Kisumu by some top ODM lead­ers who openly en­dorsed Mom­basa Gover­nor Has­san Joho as Raila’s run­ning mate in 2017.

Mwala MP Vin­cent Musyoka ac­cused ODM leader Raila Odinga of play­ing mind games with the Kamba com­mu­nity and its lead­ers.

“We ex­pected Raila will en­dorse Kalonzo this time round. But to our sur­prise, we have now started hear­ing them talk­ing of Joho. What will be the rea­son for us be­ing in the op­po­si­tion?” he asked.

Masinga MP Itwiku Mbia said the Kam­bas were not ready “to be taken for fools any more”.

“We have eyes and we can see. Not again will we will we vote to be in the op­po­si­tion ,” Itwiku said.

Mbooni MP Michael Kisoi said it was time the com­mu­nity re­thinks of its po­lit­i­cal di­rec­tion since its fu­ture in op­po­si­tion was bleak.

He said they were ready to pay the price and en­sure that the com­mu­nity forms the next gov­ern­ment.

Machakos town MP Vic­tor Mun­yaka said, “Only a devil won’t see the devel­op­ment the Ju­bilee gov­ern­ment has ini­ti­ated in this area.”

Deputy Pres­i­dent William Ruto said the gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to serv­ing all Kenyans with­out dis­crim­i­na­tion.

“You all have the right to be served by the gov­ern­ment and that’s why we want to en­sure that no re­gion is left be­hind,” Ruto said.

He ac­cused Cord of play­ing “pol­i­tics of hate, divi­sion and vi­o­lence” in­stead of fo­cus­ing on is­sues.

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Ma­voko MP Pa­trick Makau (right) gives a cash re­ward to the best 2015 KCSE fe­male can­di­date at Kanaani High School in Athi River town on June 17

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