Luo elders disappoint Raila after new declaration

The council of elders has given Raila Odinga's team one tough condition.

Led by its Chairman Mr Nyandiko Ongadi, the Council urged the people of Nyanza to take up jobs from the Jubilee government should they be called upon to work by the president.

“Kenyatta is the President of everybody in Kenya. I call on him to consider the Luo, like other communities, in jobs and national resources distribution,” Mr Ongadi said.

He added: “Political rivalry is normal in a democratic country like Kenya. Let President Kenyatta and his Jubilee leadership work with all communities.”

The statement to recognize President Uhuru Kenyatta as legitimately elected president in the Kenya’s protected election come in the wake of National Assembly Minority leader and Suba Constituency lawmaker John Mbadi shocking the house when he shouted that there is “no president in Kenya” prompting the Speaker, Justin Muturi to expel him.

“There is no President in this country to make appointments. I would rather withdraw from the Chamber than withdraw the remark,” Mbadi said Thursday last week amid jeers from Jubilee lawmakers.

On Sunday while speaking at the inauguration of the first People’s Assembly at Sun ’N’ Sand Beach Resort in Kilifi County, National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga maintained that he will not recognise the second term of Uhuru Kenyatta’s presidency and maintained that he will be sworn in.

“Nobody will stop me from lifting the Bible,” Mr Odinga said, referring to the Christian gesture of lifting the holy book high while taking oaths. “It is better to stand up for the truth and die while at it, than to die lying down.”

Meanwhile, the Council leaders warned President Kenyatta against any form of discrimination based on his political differences with Raila Odinga.

“Rejecting a government officer is tantamount to rejecting development projects which the government should offer the people,” Mr Ongadi said adding that there was need for communal reconciliation.

In the recent past there has been a persistent pursuit for talks between President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga. The two, however, have taken a hardline stand, with Uhuru maintaining that any talks should be devoid of politics, while Mr Odinga maintains that key issues; critical being fresh elections, should be discussed.

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