NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 9 – Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga has come under fire from the Jubilee coalition which blames him for the chaos that marred the Migori visit by President Uhuru Kenyatta and are now demanding an apology.
A section of Jubilee legislators led by Majority Leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale said the former Prime Minister should come out and apologise over the incident which they insist was meant to embarrass President Kenyatta.
“We want to say that the CORD leadership owe this country an apology. The Prime Minister cannot hide through a statement sent to newsrooms… he cannot hide! The matter before the nation is a serious matter,” Duale told a news conference held at Parliament Buildings on Tuesday.
Duale said they were shocked by the behaviour of the ODM supporters adding that “their actions were uncivilized, barbaric, disrespectful and unacceptable.”
He noted that those blaming the incident on local politics were simply looking for a scapegoat since President Kenyatta and his entourage including the area Governor had had a peaceful reception on the way to the venue.
“If you say it was because of (Okoth) Obado (Migori County Governor), shame on you!” Duale said.
Duale noted that President Kenyatta had visited many other CORD and ODM strongholds and nothing of the magnitude of what was witnessed on Monday had happened.
At the same time, a group of ODM MPs from Migori County have expressed regret at what happened.
The legislators John Kobado (Uriri), Peter Kaluma (Homa Bay Town), Joseph Ndiege (Suna West) and George Oner (Rangwe) said the attacks were not targeted at President Uhuru Kenyatta but that he was rather caught up in local political discord.
The leaders urged the residents to approach local differences in a civil manner, and avoid airing their dirty linen in public while going ahead to ask President Kenyatta to again visit Migori County and the larger Nyanza region.
Meanwhile Obado has apologised to President Uhuru Kenyatta over the embarrassment witnessed when he toured the region.
Obado says some politicians issued handouts to youths to heckle him promising to take action on those responsible.
“We strongly condemn the unfortunate incident brought by a section of the crowd at the function at Migori Primary School ground. It is indeed a pity that the incident attributed to local politics undermined harmony in the final function presided over by his Excellency the President,” he stated.