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MP trashes call for national dialogue

10 June 2014, 12:51 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Vihiga MP, Yusuf Chanzu has trashed the need for a national dialogue saying that election losers should be patient and give those who won a chance to serve the people.

Chanzu said that the major reason why Kenyans voted was to choose leaders who would lead them for the period of five years ending 2017.

“Elections are often used to determine the winner. Nobody should come forth and want to reverse the trend of democracy, because you can’t be a loser and want to advise or share with the person who won,” he said.

Chanzu, who spoke as he toured various projects in his constituency, noted that it was futile for the national dialogue to be held as various leaders will come with their vested interests and not those of the common Kenyan.

He said that if President Uhuru Kenyatta accepts to sit with the opposition and Cord leader Raila Odinga for a national dialogue, other political losers at the grassroots level will demand to sit with their elected leaders to have such dialogues.

“You cannot say that since my constituents are experiencing hard times which are replicated all over in the country, I should now sit with my opponents whom I beat to seek a way forward on how to help them. My opponents should wait until my term expires so they can come and seek for the same leadership,” he said.     

He further said that the call by the opposition to disband the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was uncalled for.

“The current IEBC was installed by the Raila’s team after ousting the late Samuel Kivuitu’s team. We cannot be changing the team whenever it does not suit our needs,” he said.

The MP said that the opposition leaders can only come together through parliament and air their grievances other than putting the country in a state of frenzy.

Chanzu said that everybody in the country is affected by the increasing states of insecurity and high cost of living, and it would be prudent if the leaders will rather seek tangible solutions to the problems other than just politicking.  

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