Raila not welcome in Meru, MCA's say
29 April 2016, 22:01
Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga is not welcome in Meru, MCA's have said.
Nominated MCA Alhaji Mwendia told News24 on phone that the CORD leader has no solutions to offer the region and should thus keep away.
He said that Raila, who will visit the region Saturday has lied to them in the past saying he will seek solutions to the Miraa problem in the region and thus is not adept to offering anything as opposition leader.
" We do not want propaganda. We need solutions and Raila will not offer them," he said.
He added that any propaganda and non issues as well as notions of violence will be met with a stern response.
" We in Meru love peace. If he brings the violent and disruptive tones he has been giving out in Nairobi we will react strongly," he added.
The CORD leader's visit to Meru has been rubber-stamped by Governor Peter Munya.
CORD leader begins a tour of Meru from Saturday to woo voters in the
region as the campaigns for the 2017 General Elections begin in earnest.
visit by Raila will target miraa farmers whose business has plummeted
following a ban on the miraa trade in Europe and Tanzania.
visit has been agreed on with Meru Governor Munya, who last week during
the Council of Governor's Devolution Conference was happy that the CORD
leader took his time to make it there after President Uhuru Kenyatta
gave it a wide berth.
" There will be plenty to talk about on the
visit. There will be talk on miraa trade as well as other pressing
issues," Raila's spokesperson Dennis Onyango told News24.
Last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a KES 1 billion fund to cushion farmers from the ban.
however were unhappy with the money, saying it was a short term fix and
that miraa farmers need markets not handouts to survive.
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