Jubilee buying ODM MPs with money stolen from Kenyans, Raila insists
19 July 2016, 08:02
Vihiga - Cord leader, Raila Odinga has reiterated that Jubilee administration is splashing out money 'stolen' from Kenyans to lure ODM legislators to their side.
Raila said Jubilee is trying to employ the divide and rule tactic to stay in power, a method that is outdated in the current politics.
He said the millions of shillings being splashed out every weekend by deputy President William Ruto has been suspicious for long.
"Jubilee is dividing Kenyans based on tribal lines and splashing out millions of shillings to lure legislators from other parties to their side," said Raila.
He continued: "Such politics cannot go far. Our politics is based on policies. Sides that lack concrete policies try to divide and rule the country."
The former Premier spoke when he met party delegates at Sosa Hotel in Vihiga, at the start of his ongoing five-day tour of the western region.
ODM deputy party leader and Kakamega Governor, Wycliffe Oparanya and MPs Wilbur Ottichillo (Emuhaya), Chris Omulele (Luanda), Dorcus Kedogo (Vihiga), and Nancy Abisai (Eala) welcomed him to the region.
Raila said he visited Western region to weigh the situation on the ground, after the shocking exit of ODM secretary general Ababu Namwamba and vice chair Paul Otuoma and the supposed disquiet by other leaders from the region in ODM.
"I have come to ask the residents to join the bandwagon because the bond that existed between the Luhya and Luo cannot be easily wished away," he said.
Raila, who received a warm welcome from locals, urged them to join ODM because it is the unifying factor in the country.
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He took the crowd through his rich historical background with the Western region, saying that encouraging people to cling onto their tribes so as to win elections was foolish and backward.
"If we are to go by where people came from, I am the 13th grandson of King Nabongo. Where do you want to place me while counting the Luhyas?" he posed.
He said it was time the country emulated the late Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere who created a country with no tribal divisions.
He also dismissed reports by leaders who ditched the ODM party that he had never done anything for the region.
"Some of the major roads that criss-cross Vihiga County and extend to other counties including Standkisa-Khumusalaba, Ebuyangu-Ekero, Majengo-Luanda, Majengo-Mudete, were all made while I was in government," he said.
He said apart from those projects he initiated in the region while still the PM, no other project has been done by the Jubilee administration apart from donations in form of harambees to churches.
He said sectors like tea and coffee farming were once a boost for the region, but since Jubilee took over, Western region has remained neglected while Central flourishes.
He stated that the ODM party's democracy that has been tested in the past through rigorous party nominations is now strengthened and ready for even stiffer competitions.
"ODM has social democracy that respects the rights of all Kenyans. We are urging all aspirants who want to join the next government to join ODM because it is the winning party. We have corrected where there were loopholes in ODM," he said.
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