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Raila pledges to go Saba Saba way if Govt defies dialogue

12 June 2014, 09:32 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) leader, Raila Odinda has affirmed that he will engage the government in national dialogue before resorting to a mass rally dubbed “Saba Saba” on July 7.

Odinga said the country is currently faced with major challenges ranging from insecurity, unattainable high cost of living among others, thus need to hold discussions between the government and opposition in seeking solutions.

“Before Saba Saba, we shall sit down and talk with my brother President Uhuru Kenyatta and his people,” said Odinga.

The Cord leader denied claims of insulting President Uhuru Kenyatta and held that he was only playing his watchdog role of ensuring that the government fulfills it promises to citizens.

“There is no one who has insulted him… we always engage in a civil manner,” he asserted. 

Odinga said he is in full support of Evans Kidero as the Nairobi Governor since he was elected on the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party ticket, hence any attempts to remove him from office will not be condoned.

“I have said that Kidero should be left to do his work. Kidero was chosen through the CORD coalition; he is our Governor and we have complete confidence in him. We want him to be given the chance and opportunity to do his job,” he stated. 

“We may have our own internal issues but we will resolve those internally without airing them out in the public. That is how we should conduct our affairs,” said Odinga.

He said that Kidero had pledged to deliver his promises to Nairobians and transform the city.

Odinga was speaking at a press briefing when he paid a courtesy call to Governor Kidero at City Hall.

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