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CORD using teachers' solidarity fund to fundraise for 2017 campaigns

24 September 2015, 13:53 Jackson Okata

Nakuru - Nakuru Town West MP, Samuel Arama has criticised the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) for politicising the teachers' strike which is in its fourth week now, and accused them of using the strike to con Kenyans ahead of the 2017 elections.

Arama said the opposition has taken the advantage of the strike to undermine the national government's effort in seeking a lasting solution to the stalemate.

“Cord has run out of ideas and is politicising the teachers' strike to gain political mileage and solicit campaign money ahead of 2017. We know the coalition principals are broke and they are using the solidarity fund as a means of raising money to for 2017,” said Arama.

His remarks come barely a day after Cord held a rally on Wednesday at Uhuru Park to show solidarity with the teachers.

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Speaking Thursday in Nakuru town, the MP urged Cord to demonstrate commitment to challenges affecting Kenyans and stop dragging politics into the teachers' strike.

“Opposition should address the teachers' strike by negotiating with government and striking a lasting solution,” said the lawmaker.

He said the rally had no value to challenges facing teachers.

“The rally was intended to disrupt the efforts being undertaken by the government to address the teachers' problems,” Arama said.

“Cord is out to con Kenyans in readiness for the 2017 general election," added Arama.

He called on the opposition to work with government in fostering development and instead of accusing it.

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