By Calvin Osiemo
The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy has said that it is still an intact body. Speaking in Machakos County at Mulu Mutisya gardens during the Okoa Kenya initiative campaign, CORD principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula have assured their supporters that the coalition is still together as a family and polls have no chance of dividing them until the Cord dream is achieved.
In a statement directed to the Jubilee Alliance Party, Raila said that his rivals are determined to see CORD break up but insisted that that is not going to happen any time soon. He however urged Jubilee to concentrate on solving their in-house wrangles instead of pushing for CORD’s downfall.
“We are firmly together as a family and I cannot leave my brothers Kalonzo and Wetang’ula. These guys think that we are stupid. Let them be told that CORD will still be intact and stronger when we go to the 2017 General Election contrary to their predictions. They should be busy mending their fences which have broken and stop diverting Kenyans’ attention from their poor performance to CORD which is peaceful,” Raila said
CORD co-principal and Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka said that those spreading propaganda that Raila has left him and Wetangula out by starting to campaign for 2017 elections should know that they are in CORD to stay. He urged suspended Lands Ministry Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu to cross over from Jubilee and join CORD for her to avoid more disappointments from the ruling coalition.
“But let me tell them that their calculations are futile since we are in CORD to stay. Those saying Raila has started his campaign and left me and Wetang’ula out are our greatest enemies. However, they will not succeed because God is on our side,” said Kalonzo.
CORD Leader Raila odinga said the coalition is pushing for the Okoa Kenya Inititaive so that the county governments’ funding can be increased from 15 per cent to 45 per cent in order to boost growth and development in the counties.
“We need more funds to go to the countries to accelerate development and fight poverty and unemployment among the youth. Many parts of this country had been marginalized because resources were being distributed unfairly. Devolution was to address these shortcomings,” Odinga said.
Wetangula echoed his counterparts’ sentiments and assured CORD supporters that they will remain as one despite their enemies’ intentions of dividing them. The three leaders jointly accused President’s Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration for the ever increasing corruption cases.
“It is so unfortunate that if Jesus happens to come back and witness how the Jubilee government is exploiting Kenyans, He will definitely cry,” said Mr. Wetang’ula
However, Machakos county Governer Alfred Mutua did not attend the CORD rally a move that did not go down well with Raila Odinga who expressed his disappointment. “This is betrayal of the highest order if somebody like him elected on a Wiper party ticket can decide to boycott a CORD meeting in his backyard,” he said.