Minister rebukes Kenyan PM

April 8, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, April 8 – Cabinet Minister John Michuki on Wednesday dismissed Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s claims that he was sidelined on important decision making in the government.

Mr Michuki said all important decisions concerning the government were made by the Cabinet in which the Prime Minister sat.

“If you don’t state your case where it should be stated, why do you complain to ordinary Kenyans, what will they do for you? You are complaining to them things that are in your hands,” the Minister said.

“If you are skinning a cat and (Michuki) starts on the side and another person starts from a different end, why do you quarrel about that….yet everybody agrees that the cat should not have skin any more?”

On Monday Prime Minister Raila Odinga complained that he had been sidelined in major decision making which included recent creation of new districts by the President.

While at a rally in Mombasa, the Prime Minister also bitterly protested the lack of the Provincial Administration to welcome him, a red carpet, higher salary and lack of a proper dias fully accompanied by a VIP toilet.

Mr Michuki also said that the resignation of Martha Karua as Justice Minister was her democratic right but added that dialogue was the only way to stop the cracks in the grand coalition government.

“We also have to drop egoism,” he said.

On Monday, Gichugu MP Martha Karua resigned from her Justice Ministry docket citing frustrations from a click of legislators who were close to the President. This was followed by another resignation by Medical Services Assistant Minister Danson Mungatana.

The two are Narc Kenya party leaders.


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