Jubilee discriminating Nasa strongholds, says Raila

National Super Alliance (Nasa) Presidential candidate Raila Odinga on Sunday accused Jubilee administration of discrimination in waiving farmers’ debts and compensation of IDPs in the Country.

Speaking at Magwagwa Sports ground and Ikonge market, Nyamira County, Mr Odinga wondered why only IDPs in Central and Rift Valley regions were fully compensated, leaving out those from opposition strongholds.

“President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto came to Nyamira and went to Meru where he gave IDPs only Sh20m. The two leaders had in the past given IDPs from Central and Rift Valley Sh400, 000 and land. This is a high order of discrimination,” he said.

Mr Odinga said the Jubilee leaders had, according to them, completed compensating IDPs nearly two years ago when they compensated post-election violence victims from their own communities.

ENTICE VOTERS

“What these leaders are doing is not compensating IDPs from Nyamira, Kisumu, Kakamega and other parts of the country that were affected by 2007/8 post-election violence. The money they are dishing out is meant to entice voters in our strongholds to vote for Jubilee,” he said.

Further, he said the Jubilee leaders were also discriminating coffee and tea farmers in the country.

“When Nasa takes over, we will ensure that all coffee and tea debts are waived without discrimination,” he told the crowd.

He accused President Kenyatta of waiving debts worth millions of shillings for Central Kenya coffee farmers owed to various financial institutions, leaving out farmers from other regions.

Mr Odinga also said the Nasa administration would provide free school uniforms in its provision of free education system in the country.

OPPOSITION ZONE

He was accompanied by Woman Reps Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay), Alice Chae (Nyamira), Nyamira governor John Nyagarama and his deputy Amos Nyaribo, MPs Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba), Charles Geni (North Mugirango) and various Nasa candidates from the county.

He also addressed rallies at Ekererenyo Sports ground.

Nyamira is considered a bastion of opposition politics despite the concerted Jubilee efforts.

“Preparations have been finalised for the rallies. Jubilee has been cornered now and have nowhere to run to,” he told the Nation.co.ke.

IDP COMPENSATION

He criticised Jubilee Party campaigns across Gusii land as laced with rhetoric.

“People are tired with their promises; they are a diet of hoaxes which our people have refused to buy,” the Kitutu Masaba MP said by phone.

During his visit to Ekerenyo on Wednesday last week, the Deputy President promised further compensations for the hundreds of internally displaced persons.

The IDPs were initially given Sh50,000 each as compensation by the president sparking protests from local leaders.

The allocations were said to be meagre compared to what IDPs from other communities got.

ALLAY FEARS

Mr Ruto, during the visit, however allayed fears saying the government would increase the compensation amount.

He said the Gusii community stood to benefit more if they vote Jubilee back to office in the coming polls.

Mr Ruto also held two rallies in Kisii County during his visit.

On Saturday, Mr Bosire however dismissed the campaigns calling them last kicks of a dying horse.

He said IDPs from both Nyamira and Kisii counties were duped with paltry allocations.

The coast is perceived to be a Nasa stronghold.

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