, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 17 – Jubilee leaders have asked their counterparts in the opposition to stop playing politics with the plight of victims of the post-election violence.
They said it was immoral for CORD leaders to parade the victims in rallies yet they did nothing for them when they were in the Grand Coalition Government, which their leader Raila Odinga was a co-principal.
The MPs described the move by CORD to use the victims in their political rallies as a desperate attempt to resurrect their dwindling political fortunes.
The MPs John Njoroge (Kasarani), Esther Gathogo (Ruiru), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Dennis Waweru (Dagoretti South), Ferdinand Waitutu (Kabete) and Nairobi Women Representative Rachel Shebesh had accompanied Deputy President William Ruto to Roysambu, Nairobi where they attended a church service.
Dennis Waweru said the post-election violence victims needed compassion and help not being paraded by politicians like pawns to gain political mileage.
“Post Election Violence victims do not need to be paraded in rallies for political gains, they need help,” he said.
Kuria hit out at Senator James Orengo for frustrating efforts by the government to resettle Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) when he was the Minister of Lands in the Grand Coalition Government.
“James Orengo kept stopping the purchase of land for the post-election violence victims when he was Land Minister,” he said.
Kuria added that he was surprised that the same Orengo was at Kibera pretending to advocate for their rights.
The Gatundu South MP said the CORD leadership was only keen to divide the country on ethnic lines with a hope of winning elections.
Their sentiments were echoed by Ruto who said it was irresponsible for the opposition exploit the plight of the Post-Election Violence Victims for political reasons.
Ruto assured any victims of the violence that the Government will compensate them so that they can move on with their lives like other Kenyans.
“We have resettled and compensated thousands of the 2007/2008 post-election violence victims”, he said adding.
“The Government will compensate all Kenyans who were affected.”
He also assured Kenyans that the Jubilee Administration will work tirelessly to unite Kenyan communities to eliminate tribal based politics.
He thanked Kenyans for praying for him and nation to overcome problems.
Shebesh called on Nairobi residents to lead by example in the quest to unite Kenyans.
“By the time we get to the 2017 General Election we want to have a united Nation”, she said.
Kuria said Ruto is a brave man having persevered the case at the International Criminal Court for six years.
“Those who believe in God, God will not let them down,” said Kuria.
Njoroge called on Kenyans to unite and shun tribalism and focus on the path of reconciliation.
Waweru asked the opposition to join the Government in Uniting Kenyans.