Governors report Jubilee to Raila
22 July 2016, 08:05
Busia - Three ODM Governors on Thursday told the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga the tribulations they are undergoing under the Jubilee government in its attempts to frustrate devolution.
Busia Governor, Sospeter Ojaamong said he has passed through baptism of fire since devolution came into place in 2013.
"It started with propaganda that my government was imposing taxes on chicken and dead bodies but it came to pass. A fortnight ago the Treasury disbursed KES 1.5b development funds two days to the end of the financial year. We had no option but to return it to the Treasury," he said.
Ojaamong said the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission is summoning his Chief Officers and County Executive Committee members to Nairobi for several days in a month and leaving them with little time to serve the public.
"I have also been a victim of these frustrations with over 20 files opened at the EACC with threats of being fixed renting the air. This intimidation must come to an end," he said.
Kakamega Governor, Wycliffe Oparanya narrated how the CID summoned him to Nairobi over claims that he abused President Uhuru Kenyatta.
"When I reached Nairobi, I was taken to Muthaiga Police Station. In a twist of events, the charges were changed that I refused to go to the Senate. I paid a bond of KES 10,000 to secure my release upon intervention by Raila."
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Siaya Governor, Cornel Rasanga said Governors have undergone many problems saying electing Raila to State House is the only way out of this quagmire.
Raila said Jubilee has failed to deliver its promises, thus the need to have an alternative government in 2017.
"I am happy Teso region delivered 95 votes to me in 2013 elections. The region's only undoing is that two seats of MP went with the wind. This time I don't want "madoadoa" (spots) but all seats should go to ODM," he said.
Raila also mentioned the former University of Nairobi Students leader Titus Adungosi who was his roommate at Kamiti Prison in 1982, whom he said died following torture by the police.
He also cited the death of Jacob Juma and lawyer Willy Kimani saying the government could be having a hand in such mysterious killings.
Raila said four years down the line, the government of President Uhuru had failed to fulfill its numerous promises to Kenyans including laptops, tarmacking of roads, water and other projects.
The ODM leader said Ugandan women married to Kenyans should be given identity cards without discrimination. He told the chiefs to stop frustrating border residents who are eligible to get IDs.
Raila said he has known Ojaamong since 1990s and described him as a honest and humane person who deserves re-election.
Deputy Governor Kizito Wangalwa said the exit of MPs Ababu Namwamba and Paul Otuoma from the party will not weaken the ODM in the County. He said attempts to divide residents along tribal lines will not be tolerated.
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