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CORD urged to respect citizens’ choice of leaders

07 July 2014, 10:20 John Kioko

Kwale - Deputy President William Ruto has said that the Jubilee government respects and will safeguard CORD’s right to freedom of speech and assembly.

Ruto however said that the opposition should respect citizens’ rights to enjoy the services of their choice leaders both at the county and national level.

His sentiments were echoed by a section of CORD members in the region who disowned Saba Saba rally saying it has no agenda for Coastal people.

Addressing locals at Kinagoni Secondary School during a fundraising drive on Saturday, Ruto said if CORD leadership truly believes in democracy, they must respect the rights of Kenyans to be served by legitimately elected leaders.

He called on leaders across the political divide to join hands with the national government in uniting Kenyans.

“We have only one country without a spare and therefore we will work hard to defend it and harness the energy and talent of everybody to take it forward to the next level,” he added.

He said that Jubilee government will work and serve all Kenyans regardless of their political affiliation.

“We are all elected from different alliances but our role is to work together and take Coast and the country at large forward for the sake of the citizens,” he noted.

His sentiments were echoed by CORD and Jubilee members lead by Kwale governor Salim Mvurya, county women representative Zainab Chudzuga, Kinango MP Gonzi Rai and LungaLunga MP Khatib Mwashetani.

Kinango MP, Gonzi Rai said they don’t support the Saba Saba rally.

Governor Mvurya said that governors have agreed there is a problem which can be discussed through the National coordinating summit that will involve all governors and the national government.

“It will be bad for me to be seen demonstrating while we have an avenue to address all the issues being raised,” said Mvurya.

Ford Kenya deputy party leader, MP Khatib Mwashetani said that the country was not built on one day and that an individual’s interests should not make the rest of the country lose focus.

“The national assembly has the mandate to address all the issues we are raising as the opposition,” he said adding that there are about five institutions including parliament which can deal with the issue of corruption better than rallies.

Mwashetani said the issue of IEBC can be addressed through a tribunal.

County women representative, Zainab Chidzuga said that Saba Saba will not help Coastal people noting that time for the region to be used by selfish politicians was over.

“On Monday, I will join MP Mwashetani to condole families of people who were attacked on Thursday by armed men in LungaLunga,” she said.

Kiambu Senator, Kimani Wamatangi said Kenyans have a role to decide whether to burn or protect the country noting that peace is important for all.

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