By Calvin Osiemo
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has asked the Jubilee government to provide a clear strategy to tackle the insecurity menace in the country. ODM says Deputy President William Ruto should stop deflecting issues onto the opposition and focus on his job. This comes after the Deputy President had asked the opposition party to give alternative solutions to insecurity as opposed to what he termed ‘playing blame games’.
Speaking at Maanzoni lodge in Machakos County during the ODM National Executive Council meeting, ODM Secretary General Ababu Namwamba said the government ought to lay out a clear and credible programme to tackle terrorism and other insecurity issues that have been rampant. During the retreat, the ODM National Executive Council also asked the government to dig into what transpired during the Garissa University Attack that claimed 148 lives.
“We demand that Kenyans be told the truth on what happened in Garissa, what the government knew, when it was known and who slept on the job. Kenyans cannot continue to die while all we do is cover up for the incompetence of the officers put in place by Jubilee,” read Mr Namwamba.
Regarding the construction of the security perimeter wall on the Kenya-Somalia border, ODM said that it is not a lasting solution as it is a ‘pedestrian’ way of handling security matters.
Speaking at a different event, Party leader Raila Odinga urged ODM Public Accounts Committee members from various County Assemblies to ensure the resources allocated in their jurisdictions are spent wisely by delivering services to the people for devolution to succeed.
“Devolution has a lot of enemies who want us to go back to the status quo. Do not help them to sabotage devolution so that they turn around and say; look we said it will not work. With the little resources brought to the counties, you have seen the difference. With prudent use of resources this country will change, “said Mr Odinga.