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MPs were ferried to attend Uhuru address, says Raila

08 October 2014, 13:20 William Korir

Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga says that MPs were ferried on taxpayers money to attend the address by president Uhuru Kenyatta.

Raila says that the funds used on the day could have been taken elsewhere and shows wastefulness of the highest order, considering the speech by the president was unnecessary and could have been made elsewhere.

" It was wasteful and unnecessary", he said on departure to the United States.

" Whatever he said amounted to a personal statement and there was no need to ferry MPs across the country to have them attend what was in essence something that was not needed," he added.

MPs from the CORD coalition gave the address a wide berth, many of them stating that they were not informed of it and that it was against house standing orders.

Raila insisted that the handover that took place is catered for in the constitution.

Read also: ODM: Uhuru handover PR excercise

" It was not needed. The fact that he left is not a matter to crow over. He has left severally and there has been handover, so why now?", he asked.

Raila will be away for three weeks in the US and then Mozambique to oversee elections and said in his absence there would be no change in the way the CORD coalition would operate.

" All will be well. We have to move forward, he added.

The CORD coalition is still pushing for a referendum under the 'Okoa Kenya' banner, a campaign Raila says is ongoing without much fuss. The process is currently in the public participation phase.

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