WATCH: Governor replaces portrait of President with that of Raila
02 February 2016, 10:20
Siaya - Siaya Governor, Cornel Rasanga has removed the portrait of President Uhuru Kenyatta from his office wall and replaced it with that of opposition leader, Raila Odinga.
Rasanga, who said the act is a ‘mark of honor’ for the CORD leader, urged other CORD governors to follow suit.
In an interview with Citizen TV, he said: “The majority in Cord must have voted for Raila and that is why the portrait of Raila should be with governors that are CORDed.”
Rasanga made the remarks over the weekend during the memorial service of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, adding that he will also hang the portrait of Oginga in his boardroom.
However, his move has not been received well by Jubilee diehards, with some accusing him of treason.
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For instance, the Jubilee Alliance Party national vice chairperson, David Murathe was cited as saying that Rasanga's move is aimed at overthrowing the President.
Kenyans have been hanging the portrait of the sitting President on the walls of their businesses and offices, which experts claim is not in the Constitution.
Legal expert, Lempaar Suyanka explains: “Initially, that picture used to be put on walls of colonial offices to represent the Queen or the King of England. Upon independence, former President the Late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta used it as a rallying tool because Kenya was a young democracy. When Moi came in, he used it for self-aggrandizement and perpetuating KANU.”
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