Kenya’s August 8 Elections: ODM’s Odinga Tells Jubilee Party to ‘Prepare to Go Home


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As the day gets hotter ahead of the August 8 general elections, Raila Odinga of the Orange Democratic Party (ODM) charged Jubilee party and President Kenyatta to get prepared to go home after the election as it has failed Kenyans.

Speaking during  a short tour to the Uwanja Mbuzi Stadium, a state-of-the-art multi-purpose facility in Kongowea, Nyali, the opposition leader accused Kenyatta and his administration of disappointing the people of Kenya since 2013 he took up office.

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He said Uhuru has taken the country back to the age of repression where the head of state has a say in virtually everything in the country.

“I was surprised recently when President Uhuru claimed he can stop people from attending a public rally. This cannot happen as provided by the constitution that Kenyans voted for in 2013,” he said while reacting to President Uhuru’s comments where he vowed to teach Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho a lesson, accusing the county boss of pestering him and interfering with his work.

“ Jubilee party must know that we have the national and county governments which should work complementing each other. They are not in competition. If the Jubilee government can’t accept this, then there will be problems,” he said.

The new constitution created two levels of government which have distinctive powers, he added as he praised Governor Hassan Joho saying had initiated development projects in the county, as opposed to claims that he had done nothing.

“This modern stadium here is a true testimony of Joho’s achievements. This ground will help people to relax, exercise and play games. It’s a modern facility found in a few places in the world,” he said.

He also made reference to an incident where Governor Joho was stopped by police from attending President Kenyatta’s function at Mtongwe as “an insult”.

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“You cannot stop a Governor from attending a public function, more so in his county. This is in the old constitution, not the one we are using. Every Kenyan has the freedom to attend any such function,” he said.

Mr Odinga landed in Mombasa Saturday morning and is expected to address a public rally at Tononoka grounds on Sunday.

He was being hosted by Deputy Party Leader Hassan Joho who equally arrived at the port city shortly after 9 am.

Mr Odinga is also expected to preside over a major rally at the historic Tononoka grounds where Coast residents are to declare their political stand. His visit is meant to downplay any gains made by Jubilee Party in a way to secure a 1.73 million votes at the Coast.

Although locals overwhelmingly voted for ODM and Mr Odinga in the 2013 polls, President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have been praying hard that tides will turn against the opposition.

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His spokesman Dennis Onyango said the former Prime Minister has dispatched another ODM team to Marakwet for solidarity meetings with the people following the spate of attacks that have been witnessed in the area.