Ef­forts to paint Cord in bad light ‘will fail’

We are aware of these moves to soil our names and we will not al­low it - Ojaa­mong

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties | Western - GIL­BERT OCHIENG @gochieng

Jubilee’s at­tempts to paint the county chiefs in the op­po­si­tion as cor­rupt will flop, Bu­sia Gov­er­nor Sospeter Ojaa­mong has said.

“There are wide schemes by gov­ern­ment op­er­a­tives to re­vive du­bi­ous cases im­pli­cat­ing Cord gov­er­nors so they can get an up­per hand in the polls. We are aware of these moves to soil our names with neg­a­tive pro­pa­ganda and we will not al­low it,” he said.

Ojaa­mong spoke to the press on Satur­day af­ter wit­ness­ing the or­di­na­tion of priests and dea­cons at St Ca­je­tan Sir­imba Pri­mary School in Bun­yala North ward.

He de­nied claims by some Jubilee lead­ers that Cord co-prin­ci­pal Raila Odinga only fo­cusses on crit­i­cis­ing the gov­ern­ment.

EV­ERY­ONE SHOULD FIGHT GRAFT

“The role of fight­ing cor­rup­tion is vested in the At­tor­ney Gen­eral, the Ethics and Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion and the Direc­torate of Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions, not the op­po­si­tion leader,” Ojaa­mong said.

“Raila’s role as en­vis­aged in the Con­sti­tu­tion is to en­sure there is free­dom of speech and as­so­ci­a­tion and trans­parency, ac­count­abil­ity and good gov­er­nance at all lev­els of gov­ern­ment. What Jubilee is try­ing to por­tray him as is un­true. Those are just sideshows and are doomed to fail.”

Raila has been grap­pling with ac­cu­sa­tions that he at­tacks the Jubilee ad­min­is­tra­tion for cor­rup­tion but de­fends Cord gov­er­nors whose spend­ing of pub­lic funds is in ques­tion.

‘RAILA’S ROLE IS TO EN­SURE FREE­DOM OF SPEECH AND MAKE STATE AN­SWER QUERIES’

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