Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s elder brother Oburu Odinga has opined that Raila Odinga shoud trash the handshake deal with President Uhuru Kenyatta if the Jubilee government is unable to tame corruption.
Oburu Odinga speaks on Raila trashing handshake deal with Uhuru,issues warning
I do not think Raila should be comfortable staying in the arrangement-Oburu
Oburu warned that should Raila continue to support of the Jubilee administration that is perceived to be ineffective in the graft war, then he will soil his anti-graft credentials.
“The corruption war should be sustained and if there any signs of reluctance to continue with the war on graft when it was the cardinal principles of the handshake then I do not think he (Raila) should be comfortable staying in the arrangement,” Oburu said.
The East Africa Legislative Assembly lawmaker made it clear that he is opposed to Raila staying an extra day in an arrangement where war on corruption was relaxed but added that the final decision lies with Raila.
“Raila would be the one to make the final decision, on withdrawing or not. I can only advise him, but if he refuses then it is up to him, but he needs to be careful with his image.” Oburu stated.
Oburu confirmed that he is not privy to any plans by the opposition chief to withdraw from the handshake deal with President Uhuru Kenyatta in the wake of massive corruption with no significant arrests and prosecutions.
“I do not know if he has such thinking. I have not consulted him, he is the one who did the handshake and he is the only one who can consider withdrawing”.
“If he continues to stay in an environment where corruption is sustained and condoned, in an arrangement where corruption is abetted and entertained, it will not be good for his personal image,” said Oburu.
Fight against corruption and impeaching DP Ruto
Delving into recent revelations by Siaya Senator James Orengo that he was working on a motion to impeach Ruto over claims of graft, Oburu clarified that the statement was his (Orengo’s) opinion and not a stand adopted by the party.
“Orengo is seen as a close ally of Raila, so every statement he makes can easily be misconstrued to mean that it has the party leader’s blessings, though he has freedom of speech, he should consult to avoid being misunderstood,” Oburu said.
“Why I fault the DP is because I have not heard his name in the corruption allegations but every time he comes to defend those who have been implicated, he needs to let the corrupt carry their on cross,” Oburu remarked.
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