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Jubilee MPs want CORD to apologize for inciting public

24 September 2015, 13:51 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – A section of Jubilee MPs have asked CORD leaders to apologize for making inciting utterances during their Uhuru Park rally in solidarity with the striking teachers.

The legislators led by TNA Chairman, Johnson Sakaja warned that remarks made by Wiper Party leader, Kalonzo Musyoka and Senator Johnstone Muthama (Machakos) calling on CORD supporters to stage weekly protests and all public servants to join teachers in the strike were reckless and should be punished if they don’t apologize.   

“CORD has displayed an excruciating poverty of ideas. They are stuck in the past politics of populism and insults,” said Sakaja.

He claimed that much hyped Wednesday rally where the opposition announced a Pay Bill account to raise funds for teachers amounted to the launch of “Okoa Baba Fund” aimed at swindling Kenyans to fund CORD’s 2017 campaigns.

“They can’t even collect 1 million signatures or offer solution to teachers’ issues,” Sakaja added.

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Dagoreti South MP, Dennis Waweru said the utterances made by opposition leaders were abusive and disrespectful intending to divide the country along both ethnic and political lines.

“Each and every woman should stand and demand an apology. Muthama in his remarks disrespected his mother, sisters and daughters. He can no longer be called a role model,” said Waweru.

Samburu County MP, Maison Leshomo said the rally lacked an agenda for teachers but total insults and a choreographed way of raising funds for 2017 campaigns through the launched Pay Bill number.   

“They had no agenda for the teachers. Insulting women in such a careless way is a new low we never thought CORD can do.  Who owns that M-Pesa number? Is it for campaign money?” posed Leshomo.

Senator Muthama while speaking at the rally threatened that public workers who will defy calls to join teachers in the strike "will be stoned" while Musyoka said their supporters will be camping at President Uhuru Kenyatta's Harambee House office every Tuesday until the government pays teachers their 50 to 60% pay rise.

The legislators were addressing the media at Parliament Buildings.

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