Did Cord leaders donate only KES 105 000 for teachers?
19 November 2015, 08:09
Nairobi - A drive launched by Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) leader Raila Odinga to raise money for teachers during their September strike resulted in the collection of KES 1.5 Million.
However, questions are being asked after Siaya Senator James Orengo at a press conference Wednesday disclosed that out of the total amount raised, ordinary struggling Kenyans donated KES 1.2 Million to the kitty which was established on September 23.
“They sent their donations of between KES 10and KES 50 to the account we opened in solidarity with teachers who were on strike then. The rest of the money, KES 305 000 to be particular, was raised by leaders from the Cord fraternity," said the Senator.
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During a much-hyped Uhuru Park rally, CORD leader Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka kick-started the donation drive by donating KES 100 000 each to the M-Pesa Paybill number 672672.
Perhaps as a way of downplaying the reality that so little was raised, Senator Orengo referred to the biblical story of a poor widow who gave an offering of two small copper coins worth a few cents, which is all she had, to drive his point home.
"We are urging the media and the public not to look at the total amount of money contributed by each person or leaders, but the spirit in which the donation it was given," said Orengo.
Assuming that that Raila and Kalonzo each gave the KES 100 000 they had promised, all other Cord affiliated MPs, Senators and Governors donated a total of KES 105 000 only.
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