Jubilee to blame for disharmony within CORD, Orengo says
12 April 2016, 18:24
Nairobi - The Jubilee Coalition is to blame for causing disharmony within the CORD Coalition, Siaya Senator James Orengo says.
The Siaya Senator claims that the Jubilee Coalition is using its machinery to spread rumours that there is a break-up among the coalition principals.
There have been stories that there was a pre 2013 election pact between the three principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang'ula that has been broken by Raila.
Orengo together with Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama however say that the stories are fake.
Here's what they said in full
" Over the last few days leading to last weekend, a number of our
leaders in the coalition have made statements that have created the
impression that there is discord in CORD and that the coalition is about
to fall apart. Some of us have clearly been misquoted to have taken
positions which, in reality, we have not taken.
This has provided
fodders for Jubilee which is struggling to find anything to bury its
three years of failed leadership and its other glaring failure to
achieve the unity it has been touting to create one Jubilee Party.
While we recognize that the many declarations about who should be the
Coalition’s flag bearer in 2017 have upset our supporters’ sense about
our steadiness, we wish to assure Kenyans that CORD remains intact and
shall remain intact.
We shall continue to encourage debate within
the coalition BUT ONLY TO THE EXTENT that the debate is healthy and
promotes the principles and agenda of the coalition and does not
jeopardise our unity and the dreams of the people of Kenya. But we have
reminded our members today that the most important assignment we have
from the people of Kenya is not to seek positions for ourselves but to
keep Jubilee in check.
We will not lose sight of this historic
duty that we have performed with distinction. Without strong demands by
CORD, a number of thieves would still be in government today, protected
as whistle blowers.
Today, with the crisis in financial sector,
the crisis at Youth Fund, missing euro Bond billions in addition to
stolen NYS funds that are yet to be recovered, our service to the people
of Kenya can never be clearer.
In this regard, we wish to assure
CORD supporters and the country at large that the CORD principals are
alive to the historic duty they have to the country and they are reading
from the same script.
As a coalition, we have laid down procedures for addressing emerging issues. We will stick to those procedures.
The bonds that bind the Coalition are much stronger than the prevailing
perception of discord. While appreciate the rights of our MPs to offer
their views on the subject of who will be our flag bearer, we however
remind them that the CORD coalition has robust organs charged with this
responsibility and at the right time, this decision will be taken.
We note with concern that most of the vocal MPs on this matter are the
lot that has long characterized themselves as rebels and who have since
stopped participating in the activities of the coalition. Shocked with
the realization that elections are quickly zeroing in, these group of
MPs now see an opportunity to propel their unprincipled politics by
sowing seeds of discord within the coalition. We know who their masters
are and we will devastatingly deal with their masters.
Executive Management Committee shall not hesitate to invoke disciplinary
measures against members whose actions and utterances go against the
letter and spirit of the coalition.
Finally, we wish to make this
clear to all. The task of picking the CORD presidential candidate does
not rest with the three principals. It does not begin or end with the
principals endorsing or refusing to endorse the other. It is a
coalition-wide affair and we have laid down principles and procedures on
how it is done. The calls for endorsement must therefore end. It is not
CORD’s policy that its candidate shall be picked through endorsement by
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