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.
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.
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”.
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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