Don’t at­tack Raila for fight­ing graft – MP

Says Pres­i­dent di­vides the na­tion along eth­nic lines by call­ing Raila names in pub­lic

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Western - GIL­BERT OCHIENG @TheS­tarKenya

Bu­sia woman rep­re­sen­ta­tive Florence Mu­tua has urged Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta to stop speak­ing ill of Cord leader Raila Odinga for pok­ing holes in the Ju­bilee govern­ment over cor­rup­tion.

“As Kenyans we are wor­ried about the di­rec­tion the coun­try is tak­ing. In­stead of pro­mot­ing co­he­sion among cit­i­zens, the Pres­i­dent is pub­licly call­ing Raila names. What does he think Cord fol­low­ers feel when he at­tacks their leader? Even if Uhuru doesn’t re­spect Raila, he should re­spect him­self as the head of state,” she said.

Speak­ing dur­ing a grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony at Chawo Star Academy in Port Vic­to­ria town on Fri­day, Mu­tua said Uhuru should lead by ex­am­ple and unite Kenyans, in­stead of try­ing to di­vide them along eth­nic lines.

Mu­tua said Uhuru should not for­get peo­ple are still talk­ing about cor­rup­tion, in­clud­ing the Sh3.2 bil­lion pos­si­ble fraud at the Health min­istry and the NYS scan­dal.

“The ris­ing for­eign debt is a cause for worry. We fear our coun­try might be auc­tioned if this trend con­tin­ues,” she said.

Mu­tua said the Na­tional Trea­sury has failed to re­lease Af­fir­ma­tive Ac­tion funds since March. “What does the Ju­bilee govern­ment want us to do?”

She said cor­rup­tion in award­ing ten­ders is a se­ri­ous con­cern be­cause women are left out at the ex­pense of the well-off. On Fri­day, Uhuru came out guns-blaz­ing and branded Raila “the lord of poverty”, com­ing up with nonex­is­tent is­sues to gain sym­pa­thy.

Speak­ing dur­ing the Ju­bilee Party Na­tional Govern­ing Coun­cil meet­ing at the Bo­mas of Kenya, he said Raila has mas­tered the art of com­ing up with wild claims about govern­ment failures.

‘KENYANS ARE WOR­RIED ABOUT THE DI­REC­TION THE COUN­TRY IS TAK­ING’

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