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Ministers respond to Raila

10 July 2012, 16:27 Tony Karomo

Two cabinet ministers have hit out at Prime Minister Raila Odinga's remarks that he is best suited to be Kenya's fourth president because of his reform credentials.

Housing Minister Soita Shitanda and East Africa Community Assistant Minister Peter Munya said Mr Odinga was using his reform criteria to hoodwink Kenyans so as to vote for him in the next general elections.

Speaking at Muthara Hospital when he officiated the opening of the Muthara Doctors Residence and the Appropriate Building Technology Center(ABT)in Tigania East constituency, Mr Shitanda cautioned Kenyans to be wary of leaders who were out to use their votes for selfish benefits.

Those thinking that Kenyans owe them a debt because they are reformists let them write an invoice to the Treasury so that they can be paid. The only reformers that we recognize are our fore fathers who are the freedom fighters who fought for independence.”
If we were of age we would also have be on the fore front to champion for reforms and thus they should desist from using history,family ties and their communities to vie for the presidency.”he said.

He noted that all presidential hopefuls would be keen on getting the regions support and therefore urged the community to be wise when voting.

He accused the PM of neglecting Western Province after the formation of the coalition government despite offering their support for ODM during the elections.

The PM had overwhelming support from the people of western province but he deserted us. We were not even able to get a slice of the half loaf of bread he kept complaining about and we would want to have similar infrastructural developments that Nyanza province has. If you are to elect a national leader look at what he can do for you as a community and the country.”he said.

He called for respect between the political parties adding that it would be the only way to forge peaceful relationship between all contestants.
Tigania East MP accused party hopping MPs of being 'greedy and unfocused'.

Mr Munya said the Meru community ought to be careful when scrutinizing the presidential aspirants.  “How can one refer to himself as a reformist when his ministries in the wing of the coalition government are ridden with mega corruption scandals? Look at the NHIF saga,Youth Fund scandal and other corruption cases?” he asked.

He exuded confidence that Alliance Party of Kenya (APK) would get a driver soon.  He ,however,cautioned those disrespecting the party to desist from doing so saying that APK was an equal to all other parties.  He said the party would soon select its preferred presidential candidate.

The political dynamics and scenario in this country have totally changed. We as APK are going to support that candidate who will adhere to our terms and conditions if he is elected as the president.”said Munya.
He called on all presidential candidates to tour the region and sell their policies to the Meru people so that they could vote without undue influence.

Kenyans have no other option but to vote for a respectable leader who has the best character.”said Munya.

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