Monday, 30 June 2014
Sunday, 29 June 2014
Security forces spent Saturday night patrolling villages in Limuru and Lari sub-counties.
This followed information from members of the public that people wielding machetes and guns had been seen alighting from lorries and hiding in a forest.
Scared residents also left their homes and camped in primary schools and Administration Police (AP) camps for the night following the reports.
The affected areas were Ngubi forest, Gitithia, Escarpment, Lare, Ngarariga, Bibirioni and Ndiuri in Ndeiya.
Area police boss Moses Owiti confirmed the incident, and said they received information about a probable attack on citizens.
This prompted security forces to immediately swing into action to contain the situation.
“We received conflicting reports that people were seen alighting from three lorries and entering Ngubi forest. Some reports said the people were wielding guns and others said they had pangas,” said Mr Owiti.
“We immediately left our posts and went out on night patrol until morning to secure and search the area. I can confidently confirm that there is no security threat. It was just a rumour that went round the villages,” he added.
OCPD Owiti added that even before daybreak, he had convinced those who had left their homes to go back since there was no cause for alarm. He, however, reassured them that the police would keep watch over the area even more vigilantly.
Meanwhile, Limuru MP John Kiragu on Sunday morning also visited homes in the area to reassure them of their security, and find out the truth behind the alarming report.
“I have driven along the Mai Mahiu road, from Limuru to Mai Mahiu and I can confidently say that there is no security threat and people are actually going to church as expected,” said Mr Kiragu.’
The MP also confirmed that they were in constant communication with the security forces.
He added that police had patrolled the forest and villages in the upper and lower Naivasha road and there was nothing tangible to show that there was any threat to security in the area. He said investigations were on-going to determine what led to the rumour.
Mr Kiragu and OCPD Owiti said that the incident showed that the public were on high alert since if the threat was real, the attackers would not have gone very far following the quick response by villagers and security forces.
“The quick response by villagers demonstrates that if the security threat was real, it would have been thwarted. Nyumba Kumi means sharing information between the community, police and leaders and this is what happened last night,” said the MP.
It was later, however, said that a lorry carrying cattle and goats broke down along the Mai Mahiu road near Ngubi forest. Another lorry came to the scene and also stopped to offer help in repairing the first lorry.
After the repairs were done, some of the men entered the forest to relieve themselves before embarking on their journey.
This is believed to be the source of the rumour that led security forces to conduct an all-night operation in the area.
The incident came weeks after several attacks in Mpeketoni, Lamu County that left over 60 people dead.
Nairobi governor Evans Kidero differed with party leader Raila Odinga when he said the mass action planned by the Cord coalition would destabilise the country and scare away investors.
The governor spoke as debate about national dialogue took centre-stage at the weekend, with leaders opposing and supporting calls for Saba Saba mass action in equal measure.
Dr Kidero said he did not support the Cord public rallies either, and appealed to opposition leaders to find another avenue for addressing issues affecting the country.
“We should not be involved in activities that will affect the normal operations of the country,” he said.
Dr Kidero was speaking in Yimbo Village in Bondo during the burial the Mr Martin Okello Awuondo.
But the governor’s remarks were criticised by Kisumu Central MP Ken Obura who maintained that the Cord rallies would continue unless President Uhuru Kenyatta intervened.
Bondo MP Gideon Ochanda also said Parliament was not an avenue for national dialogue since only elected members views were allowed.
Cord, Dr Ochanda maintained, desired a dialogue inclusive of religious leaders, humans rights activist, business community and the public.
But yesterday, TNA secretary-general Onyango Oloo and nominated Senator Joy Gwendo said the National Assembly and the Senate were better placed to handle the issues raised by Cord.
Ms Gwendo, while addressing youth and women leaders in Nyalenda, Kisumu Town at the weekend, also said dialogue must be in Parliament.
“Cord is only using the dialogue call when their agenda is power,” she said.
However, Busia Senator Amos Wako, Governor Sospeter Ojaamong, Funyula MP Paul Otuoma and his Matayos counterpart Geoffrey Odanga, renewed their calls to President Kenyatta to give national dialogue a chance.
Mr Otuoma made a passionate appeal to President Kenyatta not to take a hardline stance and instead embrace the matters put forward by Mr Odinga for the sake of the unity and prosperity of the nation.
“We call on President Kenyatta to extend his hand to Mr Odinga so that we avoid these unnecessary confrontations which may end up dividing the country,” said Mr Otuoma.
By AFP; Sunday, June 29th 2014
A 69-year-old Brazilian fan has died of heart failure while watching his country's World Cup penalty shootout win over Chile.
The man was watching the tense encounter, which Brazil won on spot kicks after the sides were locked 1-1 after extra time, in a nearby bar when he complained of feeling unwell.
The fan, who was diabetic, died shortly after being taken to hospital, web news portal G1 and the website of Estado de Minas newspaper reported.
The paper added local health officials had to treat some 100 people during the game, including a 50-year-old woman for a heart problem during the penalties and a young man whose nose was fractured in a fight.
By Steve Mkawale, Kipchumba Kemei and Charles NgenoSunday, June 29th 2014
|Cord leader Raila Odnga address a gathering at Ntulele Primary School in Narok County where he called on President Uhur to allow dialogue before sabasaba [PHOTO: BONIFACE THUKU/STANDARD]|
NAROK COUNTY: The push by CORD for national dialogue intensified at the weekend, with the Opposition demanding the release and implementation of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) report.
Led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, CORD leaders said the report would address historical injustices and end land conflicts.
Raila said the ghost of the injustices meted on Kenyan communities before and after independence should be exorcised through the proposed national dialogue and the full implementation of the findings of the TJRC.
“These are some of the issues that we want the President to address through the national dialogue because they are the main causes of disharmony and never-ending conflicts that have resulted in loss of lives,” said Raila.
Raila, who addressed a rally at Ntulele Trading Center, Narok County, further challenged President Uhuru Kenyatta to implement national security sector reforms that he and former President Mwai Kibaki initiated. “The police force is rotten to the core and Ole Lenku (Interior Cabinet Secretary) cannot by himself tackle it,” said Raila.
He vowed to mobilise Kenyans to travel to Nairobi on July 7 (Saba Saba Day) for mass protest should the Jubilee administration fail to heed their dialogue call.
“We cannot wait for another five years, watching as people die of insecurity. It is time for Kenyans to take charge as the current leadership under President Kenyatta has failed,” he said.
Raila reiterated that the issue they were raising would not be addressed through constitutional institutions.
The rally in Narok went on uninterrupted despite earlier threats by local leaders to block it. Conspicuously absent was former Heritage minister William ole Ntimama.
In what Raila dubbed as “the Ntulele declaration”, CORD called for individuals inside and outside the Government to unconditionally return all the land they illegally acquired from the Maasai community.
Justifying their push for dialogue, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula said Kenyans only delegated their sovereignty to elected leaders but have the right to take it back if the leaders fail to use it properly.
“Corruption and tribalism have risen to unprecedented levels,” said Wetangula.
Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale and his Homa Bay counterpart Otieno Kajwang accused the Jubilee administration of relying on bogus intelligence that had claimed their rallies in Rift Valley would be marred with chaos.
“There is a propaganda geared towards portraying the region as hostile towards CORD but we know this is an attempt to deny us a chance to meet with the people of Rift Valley,” said Khalwale, who told President Kenyatta to be aware of his real enemies who are misleading him. Kajwang said: “Those trying to portray that there will be tension in our rallies have lost the point. Kenyans continue to suffer and they demand that they be liberated.”
Siaya Senator James Orenga called for unconditional release of Lamu Governor Issa Timamy who has been arrested in connection with the Mpeketoni attacks in which more than 65 people were killed. “The governor has no capacity to sustain or even organize such an attack. The government is not dealing with the problem but is only trying to divert attention from the real issues,” said Orengo.
By LEONARD KULEISunday, June 29th 2014
|Models re-enact how boba boda ridding thugs snatch bags from pedestrians. The new way of crime is gradually on the rise in Nakuru town. [PHOTO: BONIFACE THUKU/STANDARD]|
NAKURU COUNTY: The confidence which motorbike cyclists, commonly known as “boda bodas”, had gained from the public is slowly losing its sheen as a new wave of crime gains notoriety.
Our investigation has revealed a shrewd crime in Nakuru with worrying statistics of people robbed of their valuables while police remain clueless and many incidents go unreported. Robbers conspire with some boda boda operators, who amid the thrilling speed, they handbags and other items from innocent pedestrians, mostly ladies.
This happens within a twinkle of an eye, leaving victims confused and traumatised as the robbers vanish.
The crime is well planned, choreographed and executed that before a victim realises she has been robbed, the perpetrators will have fled. Catherine Mkusu, 28, a victim says she was recently robbed of her handbag as she strolled with a friend along the busy Kenyatta Avenue.
“I was walking along the street with a colleague when a motorbike slowed down near us and before I could turn to give way thinking that a passenger wanted to alight, the guy in the passenger seat snatched my handbag and they took off,” says Mkusu, a student at a local university.
The incident 6:30pm incident saw Mkusu also lose her laptop, phone and money. Though she raised alarm attracting the attention of passers-by, the perpetrators vanished as no one took the registration particulars of the motorbike.
Beatrice Wangari, a victim was met with a violent bang on the head that left her for the dead. She lost all her valuables and money leaving her stranded since she did not even have fare back home. She narrated her ordeal to passers-by who were not convinced by her account of events. However, she borrowed a phone and contacted a friend who sorted her out. “ I thank God I got home safely but I am yet to find my Identity card and other documents,” says Wangari.
These criminals are so ruthless and swing into action so swiftly that they rarely miss their target.
Miriam Tamey, another victim, wonders the audacity of the muggers who robbed her minutes after withdrawing money from an ATM machine. She notes that the two had been following her and they also parked their motorbike alongside her vehicle.
The duo, she says, unleashed their mission even as two armed police officers manning the bank watched from a distance.
Unnoticed, the robbers had been tracking her for a while. She says she tried to resist but she was overpowered by the man and was left wailing having lost Sh15,000. “They were so close to my car when I returned from the ATM. They seemed to have calculated their move as one sprung and pulled my hand bag off my arm. I was left desperate,” says Tamey.
She says one man was holding the motorbike ready to accelerate while the decoy passenger, both in helmets and reflector jackets, sat impatiently.
“The one who snatched my bag sat impatiently all the time since I left the ATM. I didn’t suspected anything since I knew police officers were around the facility,” she recounts. Sadly, majority of such cases go unreported. Majority of victims say they prefer to suffer in silence since reporting to police would see them incur more loses to procure investigation. However, police crime statistics in possession of The Standard on Sunday indicate only 1,130 crimes were reported in March.
With only four cases pending under investigations and another 100 pending before court , the report prepared by Nakuru OCPD Benard Kioko further reveals another 750 cases of crime have were finalised in the same month.
According to Kioko, stealing, which the boda boda form of crime falls under among other thefts, only reported 20 cases. He notes a decline in crime in Nakuru saying that the progress is impressive and caled on members of the public to report similar cases to assist the police carry out its mandate well. “We are doing very well. Recording 20 cases in such big town indicates an impressive performance by the police. People should report such new wave of theft.
The police will never relent in executing its duties,” says Kioko. He adds such cases have not yet been reported to the police. He calls on members of the public and victims to be swift in reporting the cases to avoid false accusations often pointed at police inefficiencies.
By James BiketiSaturday, June 28th 2014
|President Uhuru Kenyatta greets Former President Daniel Moi, on arrival for the burial service of the late Gen Jackson Mulinge at Kathiani Boys High School, Machakos County Saturday. [PHOTO: STANDARD]|
MACHAKOS COUNTY: President Uhuru Kenyatta and Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leader Raila Odinga Saturday shared a podium for the first time since the latter’s sustained push on the government to dialogue with the Opposition began.
During the rare meeting at the burial of former Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces and one-time Cabinet minister Jackson Kimeu Mulinge, Raila even exchanged niceties with the President briefly and bade him goodbye after addressing mourners as he rushed out to attend another public function in Narok.
Other top political leaders in attendance were retired President Daniel arap Moi, former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Leaders of Majority and Minority in the National Assembly, Aden Duale and Francis Nyenze, Leader of Minority in the Senate Moses Wetang’ula and Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua and Senator Johnston Muthama.
The funeral ceremony of Mulinge, who died aged 91, served as a perfect opportunity for speakers to urge a political ceasefire between Raila and Uhuru over heightened tension on dialogue. Reverend Timothy Ndambuki of the African Brotherhood Church, who presided over the function, set the ball rolling by asking the political leaders present to emulate the fallen hero by uniting the country.
“And I am glad that the President and the leader of CORD have been united in his (General Mulinge’s) death here in Kathiani. Let his death be a symbol of unity in Kenya,” said Ndambuki.
His sentiments were echoed by Raila and other CORD leaders, with the former PM maintaining that dialogue was the only way out of the current crisis: “What happens in Parliament is debate, which is restricted by the bell, and not dialogue. Parliament cannot dialogue — it is the wrong place!”
Speaking last among the CORD leaders, Kalonzo warned that the alternative to dialogue was chaos. But, he told the President that Kenyans do not want a chaotic State.
Nyenze equally made a passionate appeal to Uhuru to save the country by inviting the Opposition to dialogue with the government: “If you do this, you will have saved this country from its current myriad challenges.”
But addressing the mourners, the President appeared to snub the CORD brigade’s pleas, opting instead to eulogise the departed great soldier: “If we all loved this country the way Mulinge did, then we can make — as a country— tremendous progress.”
Nonetheless, the President echoed Raila and Wetang’ula’s sentiments to the effect that the country’s political leaders should emulate the humility and peaceful nature of the late Mulinge.
“Let us respect each other as Kenyans and let us equally make a difference in the people’s lives so that we leave this a better place than we found it,” he said.
Moi and Duale were categorically opposed to dialogue, insisting that any such discussions must be channeled through the existing legal framework.
“Kwani bunge ilijengwa kwa sababu gani(Why was Parliament built?). And if the President errs in one way or another, then raise that issue in Parliament or wait for another five years and challenge him at the ballot, instead of doing so through public rallies,” said Moi.
And reminding the President that he took an oath of office to safeguard the Constitution, Duale advised the President against giving in to the push for dialogue or conducting talks outside the set institutional framework.
Local political rivalry also took centre stage at the funeral, with Muthama, who spoke in the local Kikamba dialect, declaring that it was time for Kalonzo to now take over the political leadership mantle. It was unclear from his sentiments whether he meant the leadership of CORD or the country.
And in an apparent reference to the perceived rivalry between Mutua and Kalonzo, Muthama asked the community to rally behind the former VP and not any other leader. But the governor asked the locals to embrace development and not empty political talk.
IN FOOTSTEPS OF HIS FATHER:
|Origi Belgium’s Divock Origi reacts during a Group H match between South Korea and Belgium at the Corinthians Arena.[PHOTO/ AFP]|
When you follow the path of your father, the Ashanti of Ghana say, you learn to walk like him. His father, by all accounts, is a wise person who always finds his way.
Of course it is about Divock Origi, the man of the moment. There is something about him. Just like his father Mike Okoth, he is amiable. A person you want to lazy about with.
As I am about to conclude my interview with him at the mixed zone, inside the Arena de Sao Paolo, his teammate and Tottenham Hotspur midfield Moussa Dembele dishes out a Suarez-eque bite on his right shoulder (Chiellini’s was on the left).
“Amazing lad. Unbelievable talent. Real talent,” Dembele pours the plaudits before drifting away.
Perhaps he had been informed of a Kenyan journalist who had asked coach Marc Wilmots how he was managing the precocious talent with Kenyan roots. Or maybe just a foreboding that a Kenyan journalist would be somewhere in the mixed zone.
He emerges from the dressing room and straight away asks: “Kenyan journalist? I’ve got to start with you because there are so many others waiting.”
Unlike most players who cast a reluctant demeanour, Origi leaned forward from the barrier separating them from a battery of journalists.
It is easy to tell from his tall height that he inherited his father’s gene, and like most of the Origi family like Austin Oduor (a Gor Mahia legend), Gerald and Anthony, he is well built — one of good stock, the villagers back home in Luoland, would say.
“I’m proud of my Kenyan roots,” the 19-year-old said in almost flawless Kiswahili, when asked how it feels playing with the knowledge Kenya was watching him.
The influence of French, you would often hear among the Kiswahili-speaking Congolese, is slightly discernible. He speaks English and is also fluent in Dutch and Flemish, all of which are spoken in Belgium.
“From what my father tells me and what I have experienced on numerous occasions I have been there, it is a great country. I can speak Kiswahili but not fluently. My parents speak it and they have taught me, too.
“I am also proud of Belgium because I was born and have lived there for most of my life,” he said. “He is a very humble youngster. I have known him since school and our time at Genk. I thought it was a matter of time before he hits it big. Now he is a very important part of this team. You saw how quick he is. He can hold up the ball until his teammates are in promising positions. Today, his shot made the difference (South Korea goalkeeper spilled his shot and Jan Vertonghen scored from the rebound).”
Despite his huge promise, his selection to the Diables Rouges squad was fortuitous. Wilmots’ preferred strikers were Romelo Lukaku and Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke.
As fate would have it, Benteke ruptured his tendons in April and had to undergo an operation, thus ruling him out of the 2014 Fifa World Cup.
Although Origi may not be of the same mould with Benteke, he was the obvious choice given his technical ability and also having scored six goals for Lille OSC of France.
On the day he was called up to join the squad, Belgium assistant coach Vital Borkelmans had chided his close pal and Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche that he will snatch Origi from under his nose.
Amrouche was really interested in the youngster, but a combination of many factors made it impossible to ensnare him to play for Kenya.
It appears the youngster is predisposed to taking difficult but prudent decisions like his father Okoth often did.
His father started out as a goalkeeper at Shabana FC in 1984. After being on the receiving end of strikers, he hung up his gloves for a centre forward’s role.
After tormenting goalkeepers while at Shabana, he moved to Tusker in 1989 before moving to Boshar in Oman two years later.
Before long he made the biggest and perhaps the most important move in his life when he joined KV Oostend of Belgium, where in 1995 his preeminent son Divock Origi was to be born.
Call it a chance move. Talent alone, however, is not enough to keep one in a place. Okoth is one such humble person and charming, too, as former Harambee Stars and AFC Leopards midfielder Johnstone Keffa ‘Tasso’ once observed: “Mike is a really humble guy and nice to be around .”
Remarkably, Origi’s teammates also ascribe these values to him. Even his coach Wilmots said: “He is a very good and honest lad. He is eager to learn.
Saturday, 28 June 2014
By Protus OnyangoSaturday, June 28th 2014 Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga's CORD has now lost three by-elections in Kisii County, which observers say points to its waning influence in the region.
The coalition lost the Bonchari seat in the Monday by-election after its flag-bearers John Oyioka (ODM) and Wiper's Charles Onyancha garnered 6,977 and 5,171 votes respectively.
The seat was won by Zebedeo Opore, who got 10,947 votes. Opore belongs to Ford People, an affiliate of the Jubilee coalition. But why did CORD lose given that ODM, is the most dominant party in Nyanza? The coalition lost despite the principals Raila and former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka's campaign for their candidates.
Leaders blame this on disagreements between Wiper and ODM, poor decisions by the coalition's leadership, shambolic nominations and discord among local officials. Mr Oyioka was given direct nomination by ODM, a fact that annoyed many.
The coalition lost the Nyaribari Chache seat in a by-election last year after ODM's Chris Bichage was trounced by Ford People's Richard Tongi. In the Bomachoge Borabu by-election ODM's Peter Kimori lost to The National Alliance's (TNA) Joel Onyancha.
In the March 4th General Election last year, Zebedeo Opore of Ford People won the seat with 8,992 votes while Oyioka of Kanu emerged second with 8,987 votes, Charles Onyancha ODM, 6,897 and Albert Monyancha Wiper, 160 votes.
Political observers believe the fight for ODM ticket cost the party two by-elections in Gusii.
The decision by ODM and Wiper to field candidates may have also been responsible for the loss. If ODM's Oyioka who garnered 6,977 votes and Wiper's Onyancha 5,171 votes had agreed to let one of them be the CORD flag bearer their 12,148 votes combined would have beat Opore who got 10,947.
Officials said the coalition's affiliate parties have a memorandum of understanding that a strong party in a region is the only one to field a candidate in an election.
"From the look of things, ODM is popular than Wiper in Kisii going by the number of seats ODM won in the last General Election. Hence pacts are meant to be honoured not to be discarded," says lawyer Philemon Onchwangi.
Onyancha blamed ODM for the dismal performance and wondered why the party gave the ticket to a different person yet he was a devoted member. "ODM has messed up my life. The party abandoned me and went to Oyioka and told him to resign from Kanu. They promised him the party ticket and hid it from me," he said.
"It was wrong for ODM leader Raila to endorse Oyioka knowing I have been in the party for a long time. I'll never respect him again and I am in Wiper to stay. We are going to rethink the CORD leadership in future. ODM shouldn't run riot and want to field candidates everywhere," Onyancha said.
Oyioka decamped from Kanu and was given direct nomination by ODM, a move that angered Onyancha who accused the party of being undemocratic.
Former Kenya National Union of Teachers Kisii branch chairman Geoffrey Mogire, who was the county's ODM co-ordinator in the last elections, says the party is still strong in the region and just needs to put its house in order.
Homa Bay Senator Otieno Kajwang, who has been accused of benefiting from sham elections has come out to support the party's nominations. Mr Kajwang recommended that ODM appoints directors of elections in counties to be in charge of nominations.
ODM is facing a similar situation in the Mathare by-election slated for August 7. The party ticket was handed to Stephen Kariuki against the wish of other contenders. Lawyer Anthony Oluoch and Tom Alila, the Nyanza National Executive Committee member of the Football Kenya Federation have left the party.
Mr Alila will vie as an independent candidate while Mr Oluoch who contested for the seat in the March 4 General Election and garnered 8,000 will run on Ford Kenya ticket.
TNA Secretary General Onyango Oloo described ODM party as a 'house of fire' that is crumbling at a high speed. He said TNA is displacing ODM in their strongholds and that is why it is gaining ground in the country. "We have pushed ODM from Coast, Kisii and Western region, that is why their popularity has waned," he said.
Citizen TV can now report that the U.S and U.K governments have made attempts to have opposition leader Raila Odinga call off Cord planned political rallies.
Sources tell citizen TV that U.S ambassador Robert Godec and the British High Commissioner Dr. Christian Turnner separately called Odinga on Wednesday to express the international community concerns that the rallies were raising political and ethnic tensions in the country.
By ALLAN KISIA and MICHAEL OLLINGAFriday, June 27th 2014
|CORD leaders Raila Odinga and Moses Wetangula pass through the streets of Eldoret town on their way to Eldoret 64 Stadium to address their supporters Friday. [PHOTO: TITUS MUNALA]|
Eldoret, Kenya: Opposition leader Raila Odinga has told President Uhuru Kenyatta to respond quickly to demands for national dialogue, saying time is running out as the much-hyped Saba Saba rally nears.
Raila was speaking in Eldoret in a rally that had been dogged by security fears following a ban by local leaders led by Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago. The rally was, however, peaceful as security was beefed up and no ugly incidents were reported.
“I am telling my brother, let us talk while we still can. We only have about 10 days left,” he told a huge crowd at 64 Stadium.
However, Raila did not say what the Opposition would do should the President decline to meet them for dialogue. Several contingents of police officers were deployed in the outskirts of Eldoret town and were on standby through out the day. The rally was allowed on Thursday after Mr Mandago consulted with local CORD leaders.
High cost of living
Raila castigated Kenyatta’s government and the local leadership for trying to ban opposition rallies, saying nothing would stop CORD.
“You cannot intimidate the Opposition by telling us what to do and what not to do,” he stated.
He said the rallies offered an opportunity to consult with Kenyans. During the rally, ordinary citizens were given an opportunity to speak on matters ranging from security, youth and jobs, farming and infrastructure. “The rallies are a meeting with the people. The sovereignty of Kenyans is vested on the people,” he added.
Wetang’ula, CORD co-principal, reiterated that the country had failed in executing numerous vital mandates, prompting them to pursue their oversight responsibility as the alternative government.
“This is a unique meeting where we are getting the people’s voices, they have raised a raft of concerns which we feel the Government should do something about,” he said.
The Bungoma Senator observed that insecurity, high cost of living, corruption and tribalism are issues affecting all Kenyans and wondered why the Government has been hard-headed to engage them in finding a solution.
He said there is urgent need for dialogue because it is the only remaining avenue to reverse the suffering of Kenyans and urged the President to meet with the Opposition before Saba Saba day comes.
“The MPs have failed to represent the people that voted for them, if the leaders cannot lead then the people they lead can lead them because the Government belongs to the citizens,” he explained.
According to Wetang’ula the sovereignty of the Government is vested in people and that is why they will go back to the electorate to confront the leadership that has ignored their grievances.
Midiwo said the Jubilee leadership should address the real issues facing Kenyans. “We are not begging for dialogue anyway, we are telling the Government that things are not well as people continue to die in various parts of the country. We need to know why Kenyans are angry with each other and devise a strategy to stem the hate,” he said.
Raila criticised Uasin Gishu leaders for opposing the CORD rally. “No state of emergency had been declared in Eldoret. If we can’t hold a rally in Eldoret then who can?” he wondered.
He continued: “Our licence in Eldoret was issued on June 16 and then on June 24 it was revoked on security grounds. It is the responsibility of the police to ensure security. That is what they are paid for,” he added.