Kalonzo says Uhuru opposed to reforms

Tuesday January 1 2013

Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka delivers his New Year message at his Yatta Home in Kithimani, Machakos County January 1, 2013. He urged Kenyans to prepare for transformation in the New Year. VPPS

Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka delivers his New Year message at his Yatta Home in Kithimani, Machakos County January 1, 2013. He urged Kenyans to prepare for transformation in the New Year. VPPS 

By KITAVI MUTUA [email protected]

Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka on Tuesday accused Jubilee alliance leaders of being “diehard conservatives” who could not be trusted to transform the country.

Mr Musyoka said Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William Ruto were hiding behind their youthful age to confuse Kenyans and shed off their status quo image.

The VP who is Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s running mate in the Coalition for Reform and Democracy(Cord) said their team was composed of social democrats while their Jubilee alliance opponents were conservatives who were opposed to reforms and change.

“If you are opposed to reforms and transformation of the country, that fact doesn’t change because you’re younger than your opponents. The truth is that these Jubilee leaders are true conservatives,” the VP said during a New Year’s press briefing at his Yatta home.

“We as Cord leaders stand for true social transformation which will grow the country’s economy in double digits because we combine servant leadership and proven passion for reforms,” Mr Musyoka said.

Mr Musyoka expressed confidence that the Cord alliance will trounce their rivals in the March 4 General Election and told Jubilee leaders to be ready to concede defeat.

“This election is a contest between champions of peace who put the interests of the country first against leaders trying to use their ethnic communities to ascend to power for selfish interests,” he said.

Reconciliation

He said victory for the Cord alliance in the next elections will restore Kenya’s image as maturing democracy in Africa adding that the world was watching to see if the country will put behind the 2008 post election violence.

He urged Kenyans to set aside petty ethnic differences that divide them and vote for the Cord leadership saying it will guarantee respect for the rule of law, full implementation of the Constitution and equitable distribution of resources.

“Once we win the elections, our number one priority will be to reconcile the whole country and restore the lost sense of patriotism,” he said.