Cord co-principals Moses Wetangula and Kalonzo Musyoka are absent in Saturday’s rally organised by ODM in Kibera to allegedly push for justice for post-election violence victims”.
The Cord coalition rally at the Kamukunji Grounds in Kibera despite largely seen as a protest to Jubilee’s gathering in Afraha Stadium in Nakuru County turned out unexpected.
In a seeming sign of disunity, none of Raila’s co-leaders graced the occasion.
Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka flew to Portugal on Wednesday for a meeting of global political leaders on the invitation by the Centrist Democrat International.
While Wetangula holds a campaign in Kakameg alongside Amani Coalition’s Musalia Mudavadi.
Wetang’ula and Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale are also supposed to visit Malava for a funds-drive in aid of boda boda riders from the constituency. They are meant to travel to Tongaren for the burial of an uncle before addressing a campaign rally in Malava constituency
According to Khalwale:
“Senator Wetangula and I agreed we should be in Bungoma and Kakamega counties for the two functions”.
Though the coalition claims this is not an official boycott, CORD leader Raila Odinga missed Wetangula’s presidential launch at Muliro Gardens in Kakamega last two weeks before Kibera rally.
Raila later revealed why he didn’t come for the rally.
The Kibera rally was supposed to show Kenyans that the opposition is still standing as one after several speculation that the party would fall.
Cord’s management committee co-chairmen, Senators James Orengo (Siaya), and Johnstone Muthama (Machakos) and Tongaren MP Eseli Simiyu stated on Thursday that the three principals were expected to speak at the Kibera rally to clear some doubts.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto celebrated the return of six Kenyans who had been framed and taken to a foreign country with Jubilee supporters in Afraha stadium, Nakuru.
Yesterday, Raila defined the Nakuru prayer meeting as a ridicule to victims of post-election violence, comparing it to the “dancing on the graves of the dead” experience he had in Paris.
According to the opposition leader, to celebrate the collapse of Kenyan cases at the ICC is not worth it:
“We must moan the continued lack of justice for those who were killed, the helpless women who were raped and the multitude of persons who lost their homes and were displaced”.