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CORD accused of intimidating its Mombasa allies

23 July 2014, 16:29 John Kioko

Mombasa - Richard Onsongo, a Msambweni-based politician has accused CORD of intimidating its Coastal allies by asking them not to associate with the ruling coalition.

 Onsongo said that a statement by CORD leadership restricting its members from inviting the President in their areas is intimidation of the highest order which should not be tolerated.

He said the country has only one president who must be respected by all regardless of political affiliation.

Speaking in Diani on Wednesday, Onsongo said that the president has the right to visit any part of the country as long as he is taking development to the citizens who have equal rights to his served.

“Warning CORD members from Coast against associating themselves with the president is saying Coast people should not be served by the ruling government. We must wake up and condemn Raila Odinga and his team for being so discriminative,” he said.

He said that CORD leaders in the Coast are working with President Uhuru Kenyatta for the sake of their electorates while exercising their rights of association.

“Political Parties Act does not restrict leaders from working with the ruling government. Let us be realistic and live in the present not past,” said Onsongo.

The politician urged Coast leaders to go back to the drawing table and hasten the formation of their political vehicle ahead of 2017 to avoid such intimidation.

He said if Coast region had a political party and entered into an agreement with CORD, such problems could not have been witnessed.

 “I want to tell my friends from Coast that this is the disadvantage of not having a party. Let’s create our own party and go to the negotiating table,” he added.

He warned that such an issue might affect CORD since Coastal leadership is not happy and might decide to quit the alliance.

“If CORD continues with this intimidation, members from the Coastal region might exit slowly by slowly; no one loves to be intimidated,” said Onsongo.

He accused Raila Odinga and his team of trying to bring division among Kenyans at time that the country was facing insecurity.

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