Jubilee hypocritical on Raila age factor: Midiwo
10 September 2014, 19:00
Nairobi - Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo has said that the Jubilee coalition should not use CORD leader Raila Odinga's age as a factor in future if they choose to rubber-stamp appointment of old guards in diplomatic positions.
Midiwo was speaking Wednesday in Nairobi about the controversial appointment of former public servants in diplomatic positions.
The likes of Ali Chirau Makwere and Prof Sam Ongeri, who are considered too old by many, have been appointed to diplomatic positions.
According to Midiwo, the appointment of such persons ends debate over the suitability of Raila to run for the 2017 elections.
" We have heard Jubilee MPs talk about Raila's age saying that he is too old to run for active office. That would all be taken out of the window if they appoint the likes of Ongeri and Makwere.
" They cannot claim Raila is too old then go ahead ans appoint even older people in key government positions, he added.
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Raila has made it obvious in several quarters that he will run for presidency in 2017, a declaration that has brought much debate in the past, with Jubilee MPs saying he is too old.
" He has much to offer the country. Age is nothing but a number that we will disregard, Midiwo continued.
" Former presidents were much older than Raila is and they served, so I do not see if Raila's is an issue at all, he added.
Members of the Jubilee coalition have previously said that they will consider putting an age cap of 70 years for presidential candidates, which will lock Raila out of the 2017 General Elections.
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