Nasa the best bet to de­throne Ju­bilee, say op­po­si­tion lead­ers

They ac­cuse the JP ad­min­is­tra­tion of tak­ing Kenya back to the dark days and ex­tol­ing graft by al­low­ing a few lead­ers to en­rich them­selves, in­stead of the suf­fer­ing mil­lions

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General - FELIX KIPKEMOI & KIPLANGAT KIRUI @TheS­tarKenya

Op­po­si­tion lead­ers have pledged to work with like-minded in­di­vid­u­als to build and strengthen the Na­tional Su­per Al­liance to de­throne the Ju­bilee Party.

Lead­ers who spoke yes­ter­day in Bomet Sta­dium dur­ing a prayer rally for Gov­er­nor Isaac Rutto said the only way to send home Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta and Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto to come to­gether.

Rutto ar­rived from South Africa on Fri­day evening. He had gone for treat­ment af­ter he was al­legedly hit by a tear gas can­is­ter dur­ing a chaotic foot­ball match at Silib­wet.

The lead­ers took a swipe at the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion over run­away cor­rup­tion and failed prom­ises. Theose present in­cluded Amani leader Musalia Mu­davadi, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and gover­nors Wy­cliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) and Jack Ranguma (Kisumu).

Oth­ers were MPs John Mbadi (Suba), Jo­hanna Ng’eno (Emu­rua Dikirr), Zakayo Cheruiyot (Kure­soi South) and Sakwa Bun­yasi (Nam­bale), Baringo Sen­a­tor Gideon Moi, Kanu sec­re­tary gen­eral Nick Salat, for­mer Bureti MP Paul Sang and sev­eral MCAs also at­tended.

They used the op­por­tu­nity to drum up sup­port for Rutto’s re­elec­tion, say­ing much has been achieved un­der his lead­er­ship in Bomet and he has cham­pi­oned the in­ter­est of other coun­ties.

Rutto said Ju­bilee should not tyran­nise other com­mu­ni­ties, as all Kenyans, re­gard­less of their eth­nic back­grounds, have a right to lead the coun­try. “We’ll de­cide on whom to sup­port by early next year. It’s too early to talk about it now. Let’s con­cen­trate on our man­dates,” he said.

OF­FI­CER FORGIVEN

The Chama Cha Mashinani leader said he has forgiven the ad­min­is­tra­tion po­lice of­fi­cer who in­jured him. He said the Ju­bilee lead­er­ship is to blame. Moi con­demned the in­ci­dent.

Kalonzo crit­i­cised the po­lice over the at­tack, say­ing it is rem­i­nis­cent of the dark days. He de­cried the high lev­els of cor­rup­tion.

“If they con­tinue with the same trend, this na­tion is headed to the dogs. We should con­demn this vice be­cause we can­not al­low few lead­ers to en­rich them­selves at the ex­pense of the suf­fer­ing mil­lions,” Kalonzo said.

He urged Kenyans to vote Ju­bilee out of power at the 2017 elec­tion. “Count on us, we’ll wipe out this vice,” Kalonzo said.

Mu­davadi said he strongly sup­ports NASA as the only strong union that will bring change change. Ng’eno said, “Kenya is not a po­lice state. This is demo­cratic repub­lic.” He said the gov­ern­ment should not use po­lice to si­lence Kenyans.

/FELIX KIPKEMOI

Kanu sec­re­tary gen­eral Nick Salat and Baringo Sen­a­tor Gideon Moi ar­rive atop a ve­hi­cle for Gov­er­nor Isaac Rutto’s prayer rally at Bomet Sta­dium yes­ter­day

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