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ODM won't report govt corruption to Obama, says Namwamba

22 July 2015, 10:35 Dennis Omido

Nairobi - ODM Secretary General Ababu Namwamba has said the opposition will not report government’s corruption to US President Barrack Obama when they meet him during his visit to Kenya.

Speaking during an interview on a local TV station, Namwamba said the opposition will engage Obama maturely because he will be visiting Kenya.

“Obama is not a prefect to report to. He is a president of a friendly foreign nation and so we will have a constructive engagement with him.

“Obama is fully represented in Kenya, so he knows everything that goes on in Kenya, so we won’t report on anything,” the Budalangi MP said.

He revealed that one of the issues they will discuss with Obama will be Kenya’s security and how to counter terrorism, which has really affected the country’s economy.

“Kenya could do more with international allies to fight terrorism. We need to hear Obama’s views on our push to pull out our soldiers from Somalia,” Namwamba said.

He said Kenya should have a structured exit strategy from Somalia, just like the US pulled its soldiers out of Iraq, and is working on a strategy to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.

On his part, Tetu MP James Githinji said Obama should not come to give the government a lecture on democracy.

“Obama should celebrate us because we are enacting the constitution that is seen as one of the best in the world,” Githinji, who is also the chairman of Parliament’s Defense and Foreign Relations Committee, said.

He cautioned the opposition against threats to report government corruption to Obama, saying they will be reporting themselves.

“The legislative arm of the government consists of all MPs, the opposition has MPs in Parliament, meaning that they are also in government, so they will be reporting how corrupt they are,” Githinji said.

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