Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu, who is Jubilee Party’s governorship candidate in Kiambu has welcomed the tour of opposition leader Raila Odinga to the county and urged residents to maintain calm during the visit.
Kiambu is the home county of President Uhuru Kenyatta and is largely a Jubilee Party stronghold.
Mr Waititu, Thika town MP Alice Ng’ang’a and Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wah have, however, insisted that Mr Odinga must apologise for the controversial remarks he made while in Kajiado which implied that if elected, his government would empower residents there so that they can stop selling their land to other communities.
The three legislators said Kajiado plays host to many Kiambu residents who have settled there.
“Raila has a right to visit Kiambu. He is indeed welcome and we are calling on our people to maintain peace during his visit. However, we are calling on him to apologise for the remarks he [made] in Kajiado because they were inciting and caused fear amongst the many Kiambu residents living in Kajiado who now think they will be evicted from their legally acquired properties,” said Mr Ichung’wah.
At the same time, Mr Waititu has accused Governor William Kabogo of being behind the decision by 25 Kiambu MCAs to join Nasa.
“All the MCAs have been supporters of Kabogo. One even confessed to me of how they held a meeting a few days ago where they were each given Sh30,000 in order to join Nasa.
“They are assuming that their action will give them political relevance but the truth is, they are individually liable for their actions. They have killed their political careers by selling their allegiance to the opposition,” said Mr Waititu.
Ms Ng’ang’a said Governor Kabogo’s aim is to create confusion in the county and consequently divide the president’s votes.
“Kabogo vowed that he will not fall and fall alone. That is why he is creating confusion in the county in a bid to divide Uhuru’s votes in the region,” said Ms Ng’ang’a.
The three were speaking during a radio breakfast show.