April 23, 2018

Why Jubilee’s Tuju was heckled in Siaya

A Jubilee Party chief was ‘attacked’ after dismissing Raila Odinga’s ‘swearing-in’ on January 30.

Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju referred Raila’s swearing-in as a ‘kalongolongo’ game.

Speaking during the funeral of former Ambassador Rateng’ Ogego’s mother in Siaya County, Mr Tuju described Raila’s oath as a mockery and inconsequential to the country’s progress.

“When I was a kid I used to play ‘ kalongolongo’. Now that I have grown up you don’t expect me to play the same game. The swearing-in was like ‘ kalongolongo’,” he said on Saturday.

The Jubilee luminary was forced to cut short his speech after mourners jeered him for the unpopular sentiments.

Some of the irate residents left the funeral service terming Tuju’s comment an insult to the now people’s president, Raila.

The Cabinet Secretary without a portfolio was, however, not harmed as he had a heavy security detail with him.

Raila was ‘sworn-in’ at the Uhuru Park grounds on January 30.

Holding a green Bible to his right arm and sandwiched by his former aide Miguna and Siaya Senator James Orengo, Raila recited his ‘oath of office’ before thousands of NASA supporters at the park.

“I Raila Amolo Odinga in full realisation of the high calling to assume the office of the people’s president of the Republic of Kenya, do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the people and the Republic of Kenya; that I will preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of Kenya, as by law established, and all other laws of the Republic as adopted by the people of Kenya; that I will protect and uphold sovereignty, integrity and dignity of the people of Kenya. So help me God,” he carefully said.

Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, however, did not attend the oath ceremony.

Speaking shortly after taking ‘oath’, Raila said the event marked the end of electoral injustice in Kenya, adding that Kalonzo would be ‘sworn-in’ at a later date.

Other NASA principals Moses Wetang’ula and Musalia Mudavadi were also missing as Raila ‘took oath’.

The Opposition postponed the swearing-in last year on Jamhuri Day December 12, 2017 explaining that they had to wait for Kalonzo who was in Germany by then attending to his sick wife.

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