Marende, Jirongo tell off Cord on dialogue
Former National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende and former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo have dismissed Cord’s demand for national dialogue saying it is a waste of time. They Cord leader Raila Odinga and his team are not genuine in demanding the holding of talks with the Jubilee administration because their objective is to fight for the interest of Kenyans. Speaking at Namwacha village during the burial of the late Peter Wafula, father of former Kanduyi MP Alfred Khang’ati, the two claimed Cord has a hidden agenda which is yet to be disclosed to Kenyans.
Marende and Jirongo said instead of Cord leaders blindly accusing the government of shortcomings they should explain the source of the money they are using to organise massive rallies across the country. Jirongo, who is also the Federal Party of Kenya leader, asked the Luhya community to unite and and get their own leader to champion their interests. “We are urging the Luhya sub tribes to choose their own leader to compete with those from other regions in the 2017 General Election instead of following blindly,’’ said Jirongo.
Marende said national dialogue is not a must because all that Kenyans need is to accord the Jubilee government space to implement government policies. “Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto need enough time to serve Kenyans instead of diverting their attention to calls for national dialogue which has a hidden agenda,” said Marende. Hate speech “Luhyas should analyse the Opposition critically. These leaders could be used by outside forces to frustrate the President and his deputy so that they take leadership through dubious means,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ainamoi MP Benjamin Langat has condemned rallies organised by Cord leaders, saying they are meant to incite Kenyans. He said electioneering ended with last year’s March 4 General Election and there is no crisis in the country to warrant holding of political rallies Langat said there is evidence the rallies are being used to incite communities against one another and urged security officers to stop the meetings and arrest those propagating hate speech.
The MP, who spoke at Kaitui village in Kericho County during the burial of Rodha Sigilai, said no one is above the law and called on Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko to prosecute those found guilty of hate speech during such rallies. “Cord leaders should give us a break and let us to work. The rallies they have planned will not achieve anything and should be stopped,” he said.