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MPs warn against tribal based politics

02 April 2012, 14:03 Oduor Omondi

Three cabinet ministers have strongly condemned politics based on ethnicity, saying that the kind of political statements being made across the country could lead to tribal animosity if unchecked.

The three, Deputy Prime Minister, Musalia Mudavadi, Immigration Minister Otieno Kajwang and Youth Affairs and Sports Minister, Paul Otuoma, said ethnic mobilization against fellow Kenyans could promote tribal conflict in the country.

They singled out the recently held GEMA meeting in Limuru where DPM Uhuru Kenyatta was endorsed as President’s Kibaki’s successor.

Addressing over 450 ODM delegates drawn from six Constituencies within the larger Homabay County over the weekend, the legislators called on the electorate to shun away from divisive politics being propagated by some politicians, saying this is the only way to avoid the bloody scenes witnessed after the 2007/2008 elections.

They reiterated that succession is only applicable in the hereditary monarchy set ups, adding that President Kibaki will end his term and another president elected by the electorates.

While asking for ODM votes from the delegates, Deputy Premier Musalia Mudavadi said that for the party to remain strong and formidable, party leaders must be ready to accommodate diverse views of other members.

Mudavadi took the time to clear the air on claims that he is a project of the G7 group, terming the allegations as unfounded.

He stressed on the need of for ODM delegates to reach out to other Counties if they expected to achieve the 50 plus one percent votes required for one to clinch the presidency.

Otuoma urged Mudavadi and Raila to accept the verdict of the party’s presidential nomination and support whoever will win.

The Minister stressed that ODM is a national party and not tribal as being portrayed by some party revivals.

The meeting held at the Homabay County Council Hall was attended by Rangwe MP Otieno Ogindo, Information and Communication Assistant Minister, George Khaniri, Shinyalu’s Justus Kizito and Calistus Mwatela, Assistant Minister for Education.

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