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Kidero defends rebel MPs, hits out at Raila

Former Nairobi governor Evans Kidero has defended “rebel” MPs against attacks by a section of leaders from the opposition who accused them of being compromised by the government.

The former governor instead encouraged the leaders to continue working with President William Ruto to develop their constituents.

He was responding to remarks by ODM leader Raila Odinga who accused leaders from his party who have declared support for President Ruto. Mr Odinga referred to the MPs as ‘traitors’.

The MPs are Gideon Ochanda (Bondo), Caroli Omondi (Suba South ), Elisha Odhiambo (Gem) Mark Nyamita (Uriri), Paul Abuor (Rongo), Kisumu Senator Tom Ojienda and Lang’ata MP Phelix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o.

Mr Odinga accused them of being compromised to work with the government.

Speaking at a prayer service for people who died during the recent anti-government demonstrations in Siaya County, the opposition leader referred to the MPs as betrayers.

“They claim to go to State House to seek development. That’s not the case,” Mr Odinga said.

Other MPs from opposition who were at the event used vulgar language to describe their colleagues who work with the government.

Their statements have since ignited uproar on social media with majority of users accusing them of lacking leadership qualities.

Dr Kidero argues that working with the government is the only avenue to development.

“It is wrong to say that leaders who have declared support for the government are stupid,” the former governor said.

He told Mr Odinga that leaders who have declared support for President Ruto will continue supporting the Head of State whether the opposition likes it or not.

“We welcome the President to Homa Bay and nobody will dictate how other leaders should work,” Dr Kidero said.

He spoke when accompanying National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula and ICT Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo to Magunga to launch a public Wi-Fi.

Mr Wetang’ula said the National Assembly will ensure the government serves all Kenyans equally.

He told Kenyans not to engage in demonstrations but instead plant crops for the cost of living to go down.

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