Stop attacking Raila, Nasa leaders tell Uhuru
National Super Alliance (Nasa) leaders from Nairobi County have told off President Uhuru Kenyatta over his recent attacks on Opposition leader Raila Odinga.
The leaders have instead asked the President to focus on addressing the failures of the Jubilee government and come up with concrete manifesto for Kenyans and not make Mr Odinga his agenda in seeking for re-election in the August polls.
The first to take to the podium was Nairobi County Governor Dr Evans Kidero who fired the first salvo at the government asking them to tell Kenyans what their new manifesto was since they have miserably failed to deliver on their promises of 2013.
“Nasa launched its manifesto yesterday (Saturday) grounded on social justice, elimination of illiteracy, ill health, poverty and poor leadership and basically stresses on making people’s lives better. Why don’t you tell us what your agenda for Kenyans will be?” posed Dr Kidero.
ODM Senatorial candidate Edwin Sifuna challenged the president to own up to his failures and stop clutching on the Nasa flag bearer as his straw in the face of a drowning regime.
“We are not going to expect a peaceful elections where you keep on insulting our leaders. Instead of addressing the failures of this government you want to turn the agenda of this government to be Raila Odinga,” Sifuna said.
He chided President Kenyatta for talking big on promises like laptop to class one pupils, armored personnel carriers, a wall as a border security, five modern stadiums and other promises that the government have failed to achieve with their only credit being the escalation of corruption cases in the country.
“You need to tell us where the laptops you promised our children are. Where the border security you promised is. When you see our young men and women in the army and police dying like chicken because they only use vehicles which cannot withstand even a bullet while you are using the Armored Personnel Carriers then you come and talk about Raila Odinga,” said Mr Sifuna.
FREE SECONDARY EDUCATION
Mr Sifuna said that the President should not pretend to monopolise the idea of free secondary education saying that the idea was there even during the Grand Coalition government in which Mr Odinga served as the Prime Minister.
The leaders also criticised Mr Kenyatta for trying to reawaken the ghosts of the post-election violence by trying to whip tribal emotions trying to say which parties have which tribes saying that all that would only lead to ethnic animosity while asking him to conduct his campaigns with respect.
“We would like to reiterate that Kenya is one country with one people and we would wish to urge leaders to refrain from making remarks that could cause tribal animosity. If people start counting which tribes belong to which party then this would not help. These remarks can hurt tribes,” said ODM Woman Representative Candidate Esther Passaris.
Mr Sifuna added: “Respect is two way. We are asking the president to lead by example and that he must show respect to the Opposition leader. Please do your campaigns with respect. If you show us respect we will also show you the same but if you continue this then we will also be forced to withdraw our respect to you.”