The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Raila - I Do Not Want Uhuru Job

CORD leader Raila Odinga has dismissed reports that he is hoping for a state job in Uhuru Kenyatta's government.

The former Prime Minister told a church service in Nairobi yesterday that he was not interested in any government job as his hands were full serving Kenyans in the opposition.

"I have not been offered a job and I am not interested in any state job. I have not been offered a job and even if I am offered, I will not accept as l do not have time for any other job," Raila said at the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Raila said he had accepted the Supreme Court verdict on his presidential election petition and had moved on.

"I don't want to live in the past. We must consolidate the gains we have made, make progress and move on as a country," he said.

Raila's utterances seemed to be in response to an article carried in the Saturday Nation which reported that Raila had not announced his next political move because he was waiting for the president to offer him a job as a special envoy.

Raila denied the reports and said the newspaper had not called him to verify the allegations. "It is irresponsible journalism to claim that I was offered a job without consulting me.

They are quoting a reliable source but which source can be more reliable than the individual himself," he asked.

Raila was among four MPs who the congregation in a special thanksgiving service. He said he and the Cord Alliance were firmly in the opposition and will ensure they provide the necessary checks.

Others present during the service included MPs Francis Nyenze (minority leader), Chris Wamalwa (minority deputy whip), Oburu Odinga, Simba Arati, Millie Odhiambo, Regina Nyeris, Mary Sally Otara and Senator Hosea Anchwang'i of TNA. Former Information Minister Samuel Poghisio also attended the church service.

"Jubilee Alliance is the one ruling and our role is in the opposition. We shall watch and correct whenever we feel the governments is going off the rails," he said.

"The opposition has the responsibility of ensuring the government delivers on its promises and we in Cord shall ensure that we carry out our role."

He assured the country that Cord had adopted a bipartisan approach in its role in the opposition and said it will not oppose the government just for the sake of it.

Promising to offer constructive criticism, Raila accused Uhuru's government of doing little to address insecurity in different parts of the country.

"Why is there an emergence of strange happening touching on security? Why are so many kenyans are being killed in the presence of the police?," he said.

Scores of people have been killed and many others injured in the last three weeks as armed gangsters attacked homes in Busia, Bungoma, Kakamega, Mandera, Garissa and Mombasa counties.

Last Thursday, President Uhuru summoned security chiefs to State House Nairobi to discuss the runaway insecurity and ordered that they immediately take action to secure the people and their property.

The following day he convened another meeting - this time with all county commissioners - to seek independent opinion on the wave of insecurity.

Yesterday, Raila challenged the government to quickly address the issues of insecurity. "Security of the people is the number one task of any government," he said.

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