7 July 2012

Kenya: Uhuru Tells Off Raila Over Reforms

Chuka — Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta has hit out the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga for branding his political opponents non-reformers saying the country needed a new crop of leadership.

He insisted that the country had already realized the required reforms through the constitution and what remained was just to implement them and steer the country to greater heights.

He said Odinga was still fascinated by his reform credentials which blinded his focus on the remaining task of making the reforms work for Kenya.

"Reforms have already arrived and we should not keep singing about them. Some people are still living in the past and think that things are still the same. Those who have been speaking about the same thing need rest. What we need now is to transform those reforms to help us. We are committed to helping people live a better life," said Kenyatta.

Speaking at Kairuni Stadium in Maara district when he wound his two-day tour of Tharaka-Nithi county on Friday, Kenyatta said those who had fought for the reforms should pave way for a younger generation to implement them.

He said the country required a generational change and accused Odinga of being 'resistant' to change.

"We are tired of looking at the world through the rear view mirror. He (Odinga) is saying that the competition will be between reformists and non-reformers. The actual competition will be between the old and the young generation. We will ensure their safety and show them how a country is governed," said Kenyatta.

He however, said he had a great respect for the old generation and that they should be retained to offer advice.

Public Works assistant Mwangi Kiunjuri said Kenyatta should not be challenged to demonstrate his reform credentials as he was too young when the independence and the clamor for multi-party was taking place.

Agriculture assistant minister Kareke Mbiuki and his Tourism counterpart Cecily Mbarire and Chuka mayor John Mbaabu said the new constitution had already addressed issues that were being sort for in the fight for the second liberation.

Makadara MP Mike Mbuvi 'Sonko' accused the National Cohesion and Integration Commission of targeting musicians from a particular tribe and urged its chair Mzalendo Kibunjia to cast his net wider in search for music laden with hate speech.

He said various musicians countrywide were still producing songs in praise of their leaders yet none had been cited for hate speech.

"When musicians from Central province sing in praise of their leaders, they are arrested yet other musicians are doing it. The cohesion team has erred and should first of all teach the public what is hate speech. Each tribe has its culture and it would kill it if music is deemed to be hate speech," said Mr Mbuvi.

Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi and his Tharaka counterpart Mburi Muiru said the entire Meru community would work out ways of ensuring they remained in the same party to boost their bargaining power in the next government.

They urged Energy minister Kiraitu Murungi to join TNA.

"He should swallow his pride and join us in TNA and compete with others. APK does not have clout here," claimed Linturi.

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