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Ojaamong backs Raila in condemning harambee spirit

14 October 2014, 20:59 Jane Zack

Busia - Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has joined former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in criticizing Deputy President William Ruto for promoting funds drives.

He said harambees which were famous under Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel Arap Moi regimes have returned with the DP spearheading its revival and relagting devolution to the periphery.

“Ruto should be told in no uncertain terms that harambees cannot build a bridge and neither can they build roads.
Harambees cannot be alternative or the solution to development.

The solution is devolution and nothing else,” Ojaamong said.

Also read: Uhuru: Judiciary must style up

Ojaamong was speaking during the burial of former British army soldier in pre-independence Kenya Mzee Alphonce Langiri Odoli, 86, at his Mundika village home in Busia County.

The late Odoli was the father to Mundika Parish Priest Fr.  Maurice Langiri in the ceremony presided over by Fr Bernard Omuse flanked by over 50 catholic priests drawn from Busia, Bungoma and Kakamega Counties.

The burial was attended by Busia  Deputy Governor Kizito Wangalwa, Matayos MP Geoffrey Odanga, Busia county  Assembly leader of Majority Josephat Wandera, former
LSK chairman Kenneth Akide and County Political advisor Linus Asiba.

Ojaamong’s sentiments were echoed by Busia youth leader Stephen Okalebo who told off the DP for using harambees as a bait to woe voters to usher him into power in 2017.

“My church has taken 30 years to build through harambees. Allegations by Ruto that the harambee spirit is part and parcel of the Kenya
blueprint which the Jubilee administration will continue to embrace is
false,” he said.

Former Prime Minster Raila Odinga has also criticized and queried the amount of money spent by Ruto in harambees, saying that they were an indication of money that he does not have.

“How do you explain the amount of money he spends?
How does he spend 10 million every weekend and he earns less than 2 million a month?", Raila said.

Ruto however says that the money spent in harambees is personal and should not worry Raila, adding that allegations by CORD leader over his spending at harambees are a waste of time.

Ojaamong also claimed the DP and President Uhuru Kenyatta were spreading propaganda  to portray Governors have failed to deliver whereas it’s the national government to blame for releasing  money to the Counties in  piecemeal.

He said wananchi will need civic education on how much money the national government was releasing to counties and how much it was
retaining so that they can know the suffering the governors were encountering.

Ojaamong said they will involve churches in their county development agenda and to chart the way forward in uniting the entire county leadership.

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