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Showdown kicks off between Jubilee and CORD over Uhuru portrait

02 February 2016, 20:53

Nairobi - Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale has dared Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga to replace President Uhuru Kenyatta's portrait in his office with that of CORD leader Raila Odinga.

In a report on The Star, Rasanga had earlier said that all 24 CORD Governors should demonstrate honour to the coalition's leadership by hanging leader Raila Odinga's portrait in their offices.

“Rasanga must know that it is only the portrait of President Uhuru Kenyatta that can be put in any public place. I dare him to replace it,” Duale is quoted as saying in the report.

The Garissa Town MP, who termed Rasanga's statement "reckless" and amounting to hate speech, said the Governor should hold off on his call until Raila becomes President.

JAP national vice chairperson David Murathe noted that it is illegal for any Kenyan to demand the replacement of the President’s portrait with that of a leader who has not been elected. There is no law requiring the president's portrait in offices. 

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The Daily Nation reported that the Governor only hangs a portrait of himself and that of Odinga on his office wall.

The governor allegedly said in a rally that the call was relevant since “as CORD counties, Mr Odinga remains a symbol of good leadership who must be respected”.

The Siaya County boss said Mr Odinga’s activities in counties that voted in Cord governors should not always be a matter of concern by critics of the opposition leader.

“When a principal secretary visited my office last week and found only my portrait and that of Mr Odinga, I explained to her that we want the same to happen in 24 counties,” Mr Rasanga told a crowd at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University grounds in Bondo on Saturday. 

CORD leader Odinga did not comment on the matter.

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