, NYANDARUA, Kenya, Apr 23 – More than 20 Jubilee Members of Parliament have described CORD leader Raila Odinga’s recent outbursts against the government as a sign of panic ahead of next year’s elections.
The MPs said Odinga had sensed that he will lose the 2017 General Election that’s why he was in “frenzy talking about anything but nothing,” said Mukurweini MP Kabando wa Kabando.
- The MPs said Odinga had sensed that he will lose the 2017 General Election that's why he was in "frenzy talking about anything but nothing," said Kieni MP Kabando wa Kabando.
- Odinga, they added, had realised that the Jubilee Government was energised and will triumph after the dismissal of a case against Deputy President William Ruto early this month by the ICC.
- Odinga's criticism of International Criminal Court for dropping the cases against President Kenyatta and Ruto, they argued, was a clear indication that he was banking on the cases to ascend to power.
Odinga, they added, had realised that the Jubilee Government was energised and will triumph after the dismissal of the case against Deputy President William Ruto by the ICC.
Odinga’s criticism of the International Criminal Court for dropping the cases against President Kenyatta and Ruto, they argued, was a clear indication that he was banking on the cases to ascend to power.
They said all the questions the former Prime Minister had asked about Eurobond had been answered. They said he was now attacking the government’s plan to revolutionise the healthcare system to remain relevant.
The MPs spoke in Ol Jororok, Nyandarua County, during a fundraiser to buy five buses for schools in the area. Ruto who was accompanied by Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki was the guest.
Ruto also told the Opposition to prepare a big loss in the elections now that CORD was losing its supporters to Jubilee.
The MPs said the Constitution provides clear laws on how to remove commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
They said the commission cannot be removed in public barazas or press conferences.
They dared CORD to make good their plan to disband the IEBC through Parliament if they were serious in their pronouncements.
Those critical of Odinga’s recent style included Kabando, Muthomi Njuki, Moses Kuria, Bernard Shinali, Njogu Barua, Wanjiku Muhia, William Kisang, Elijah Busienei, victor Munyaka, Samuel Chepkonga and Karue Muriuki.
Others were David Kiaraho, K Kinyanjui, Wachira Karani, Bernard Mutura, Jude Jomo, Samuel Gicigi, John Waiganjo, Kinyua Weru, Stephen Ngare, Waweru Nderitu and Governor Daniel Waithaka.
Kabando said Odinga had put all hope in the incriminating of the President and Deputy President to ascend to power.
He said Odinga had shown contempt for all institutions that wanted to listen to his grievances.
The former Prime Minister, he said, had declined to present his evidence on Eurobond to Parliament, which had asked him to, and also declined an invitation by Treasury Cabinet Henry Rotich.
Munyaka said: “We are tired with leaders who plan to cause violence for their selfish interest.”
The MPs were confident that the Jubilee Government will retain power easily as it had a huge following in the country.
MPs from Central Kenya told the people in the region to back Ruto in the 2022 Elections.
Ruto said the government cannot interfere with the Judiciary and the IEBC because they are independent institutions.
The Deputy President said anyone interested in changing the institutions should follow the law.
He told the Opposition to prepare for a thorough defeat in next year’s elections.
Ruto said some CORD leaders had banked their hope to win the elections on the ICC cases.
“Some of those in the Opposition had hoped to ride to power if the cases at ICC had gone the way they want,” the Deputy President added.
Ruto defended the medical equipment leasing programme saying it had enabled far flung hospitals to have modern equipment.