Kisii Jubilee leaders have castigated NASA presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga for “interfering” with the work of acting Interior CS Fred Matiang’i.
They told the ODM leader to respect the CS as he deserved the appointment by President Uhuru Kenyatta following Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery’s death.
They said they are unhappy with Raila’s unnecessary focus on Matiang’i who is also Education Cabinet Secretary.
Bomachoge Borabu MP Joel Onyancha and Kisii governor candidate Chris Obure’s running mate Albert Nyaundi read the leaders’ statement.
Onyancha said they have been monitoring the Opposition leader’s remarks and that they have noticed he does not consider Kisii part of Nyanza.
He cited Raila’s dismissal of the appointment of Ken Nyaundi as a commissioner of the defunct IEBC and Mohamed Nyaoga as CBK chairman.
“The President could not leave a vacuum in the ministry after the demise of Nkaissery. He has the powers to appoint [people in acting capacity],” he said.
“We are telling Raila to respect the sons and daughters of Omogusii who are appointed to various positions in government.”
The leaders also condemned accusations by the Opposition that Matiang’i is working with IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati to rig the August 8 election.
“Raila must understand that being an acting Interior CS, Matinag’i has the constitutional right to work with any organisation for the sake of the country’s security,” Onyancha said.
He urged Raila to seek for votes in any part of the country but stop attacking individuals the government has appointed to serve Kenyans.
Nyaundi noted it was wrong for Raila to claim the country was not at war in watering down the need to appoint Matiang’i.
The ODM leader made the claims at Kibra in Nairobi during campaigns.
He claimed Matiang’i been discussing rigging with the commission while pretending their meetings concern security.
“We cannot understand why Raila gets angry when a Kisii is appointed to a top position yet when he comes to campaign in the region, he says he is at home,” Nyaundi said.
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