Luke Awich, Winstone Chiseremi and Monica Kagia
Jubilee legislators in Nairobi yesterday sensationally claimed that two neighbouring countries are bankrolling former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s activities to make Kenya ungovernable.
MPs Maina Kamanda (Starehe), Dennis Waweru (Dagoretti South) and John Ndirangu (Embakasi Central) accused Raila of a plot to bring down the Jubilee administration of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.
The three, who spoke at a press conference in Nairobi, claimed the Cord leader has been visiting the neighbouring States to solicit funds to destabilise the Jubilee government and force a power-sharing deal that would ensure he gets into the government.
Kamanda said Jubilee MPs will, however, leave no room for the former premier whose brand of politics he described as one that affects the smooth running of the country.
Waweru said Raila’s move against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was a cover-up for a plot to make the country ungovernable.
“He wants to destabilise the country and that’s why he has been going to neighbouring countries to source for funding,” claimed Kamanda.
“We see a scheme of provocation. His only intention is to destabilise the government of Uhuru,” added Waweru.
Elsewhere, Ruto said Jubilee would strictly govern in accordance with the Constitution.
“Our aim is to unite and manage the country in accordance with the law. We want to tell our competitors that we are doing our work within the framework of the law,” said Ruto in Turbo, Uasin Gishu, where he attended a Sunday service.
He said the Opposition leaders should demonstrate “politics of maturity” and stick to the law that they played a key role in making.
Ruto said political and religious leaders were strategically positioned to build a cohesive nation where all its citizens can co-exist.
MPs who accompanied Ruto were Dan Wanyama (Webuye West), Elisha Busienei (Turbo), Yusla Ngeny (Uasin Gishu) and host governor, Jackson Mandago.
But in a quick rejoinder, Raila who was speaking in Mombasa said calls to have the IEBC reformed would not be silenced by government’s attempt to intimidate the Opposition through the police.
Raila said, as Cord leader, he is not ready to receive commands from the government, noting that matters relating to reorganisation of the electoral body were too weighty to be handled by principal secretaries.
He made the remarks at a media briefing after attending a church service at ACK Memorial Cathedral in Mombasa where he also asked Church leaders to pray and seek divine intervention to unite and heal the country.
He said the country needs truth, justice, reconciliation and peace without which there would be no meaningful development.
However, Senate Leader of Majority Kindiki Kithure, speaking from Bureti, Kericho county, challenged Raila to provide a list of Cord negotiators, venue and agenda, insisting the Jubilee government is ready for talks.
“If they are serious with dialogue let them bring their negotiators, identify the talks venue and forward their agenda. We are ready. They should not insist on demanding to talk to the President, if they want they can call him directly. We shall strictly stick to the IEBC agenda during the talks,” said Kindiki during a church service at African Inland Church (AIC), Bureti.