Jubilee discriminating Nasa strongholds, says Raila

Sunday July 16 2017

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National Super Alliance leaders on Sunday took their campaign to Nyamira County and promised to improve the economy should they win the August 8 General Election.

They dismissed the government’s development record, saying what President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto were implementing was conceived by the coalition government.

Presidential flagbearer Raila Odinga, his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka and Nasa principals Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula said their government would provide an alternative leadership that would address underdevelopment.

The four leaders, who held separate roadside rallies before converging at Rigoma Division headquarters, asked Kenyans to vote for Nasa “as we will address your problems”.

At Magwagwa township, where Mr Ruto held a rally last week, Mr Odinga said all that Jubilee was doing now was the brainchild of the coalition government he led with Mr Mwai Kibaki.

“Jubilee has not even begun implementing any development project worth noting,” he said.

Mr Odinga added that a Nasa administration would set up a power plant at Magwagwa and launch phase two of Sondu-Miriu power generation project.

“The projects will create jobs for school leavers neglected by Jubilee,” the Nasa presidential flagbearer told residents.

He said graduates were resorting to boda boda business because of Jubilee’s bad policies.

Mr Odinga accused the government of discriminating against coffee and tea farmers from the region when waiving debts owed to financial institutions.


He also criticised the manner in which the government compensated IDPs, saying it favoured those in Central and Rift Valley.

“According to official Jubilee documents, IDPs were fully compensated when those in Central and Rift Valley were given Sh400,000 and land.

"The President and his deputy are giving money to IDPs from other regions as a campaign strategy,” he said.

Mr Mudavadi criticised former Tanzanian premier Edward Lowassa for endorsing Jubilee for a second term, adding that the Chadema party boss should keep off Kenyan politics.

Mr Mudavadi told a rally at Rigoma township that the Tanzanian opposition leader’s sentiments were not diplomatic.

Mr Musyoka said Jubilee officials were buying identity cards from voters in opposition strongholds.

Mr Wetang’ula said there were clear indications of a Nasa victory in August, adding that Jubilee leaders were misplaced in attacking the Judiciary.

The Bungoma senator said the appointment of Mr David Maraga as Chief Justice was on merit.

“We urge Justice Maraga to remain strong. Nasa will not allow any more attacks on the Judiciary,” he said.

He said if the President was not satisfied with any court ruling, he was free to launch an appeal instead of attacking judges.

The Senate Minority Leader also accused Mr Kenyatta of neglecting farmers in Kisii and Nyamira counties.

“If elected, we will build tea factories so that farmers enjoy the sweat of their produce,” he said.

Mr Odinga accused Jubilee of stealing public funds.

“There should be no other time that Kenyans had a change of leadership than now,” he said.

He accused the government of promoting corruption at the expense of development.

Mr Odinga added that the promise of constructing more than 10,000 kilometres of roads had not been met.

He said the reason Nasa wanted to replace the Jubilee administration was to save the country from plunder.

“We have put systems in place to safeguard our votes from theft,” he said.