The Star (Nairobi)

24 January 2013

Kenya: Kiema Blasts Raila Over Water Projects

Outgoing Mutitu MP Kiema Kilonzo has lashed out at Prime Minister Raila Odinga for taking credit for Charity Ngilu's achievements in the Water ministry.

"Mister Prime minister you are a hypocrite because you cannot purport to take credit for the work honourable Ngilu has done," Kiema said. During cord's a tour in Kitui, Machakos and Wote, Raila said he is the force behind the gains made in the Water ministry.

The Prime Minister was quoted in the media saying he should be credited for the water projects in Ukambani. Raila said he appointed Ngilu to the ministry to fulfill a promise he made to Ukambani residents during the campaigns for the 2007 general election.

Kiema made the remarks during a series of rallies at Mbusyani, Kithumula and Kathivo in Matinyani on Tuesday. Kiema said Raila "has not business" taking advantage of Ngilu's performance.

Kiema said if indeed he is behind the achievements in the Water ministry, he should then take the blame for poor performance in the ministries of Immigration, Agriculture and Lands.

"Are you also taking the blame for the failure by Minister Otien Kajwang not to give the young people of Kenya IDs?" Kiema posed Earlier on Tuesday, and in a guarded reaction Ngilu said the remarks by the PM indicated that he recognized that she was a performer.

Ngilu said the successes of a ministry depend on the minister's but not the appointing authority. She said her performance at the Ministry of Health and now at the Ministry of Water shows she is result-oriented.

"Let the PM check whether his running mate is a performer like me before he makes such accusations. It is a matter of individual capacity to change people's lives," she said.

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