The Star (Nairobi)

19 February 2013

Kenya: Cord Defends Raila Against PEV Claims

The Cord coalition has responded to claims made by Uhuru Kenyatta during a rally in Nyamira yesterday accusing Prime Minister Raila Odinga of failing to stop the 2007-8 post-election violence.

In a statement made through its National Coordinating Committee Chairman Franklin Bett, the Cord coalition said it "is shocked with the ferocious remarks made by the Jubilee Alliance's Presidential Candidate Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta,"

Cord has asked Uhuru to instead refer to the contents of the Kriegler report "to the effect of what caused the post-election violence" adding that the Prime Minister did indeed urge his supporters to stay calm during the violence.

Speaking during a two-day tour of Kisii and Nyamira that kicked off yesterday, Uhuru said that Raila is engaging in divisive politics stating that "His style of leadership and politics cannot move Kenya forward. In 2007/08 he failed to unite the country during the (post-election) violence."

He added that he and his running mate William Ruto have teamed up to ensure that Kenyans do not fight again and pledged to unite Kenyans.

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