The Star (Nairobi)

10 March 2014

Kenya: Raila Tells Uhuru, Ruto to Learn From Him and Kibaki

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is ordering government agency chiefs to take a 20% pay cut as part of austerity measures meant to reduce the ... ( Resource: Uhuru Orders Kenyan Government Chiefs to Take Pay Cut

Cord principal Raila Odinga has dismissed the move to cut the salaries of the President, his deputy and Cabinet. He said it is a ploy to cover the inefficiencies of the jubilee government. Raila said the jubilee administration has failed to bring down the high cost of living, fight rampant corruption in government and create employment.

He said President Uhuru and Deputy President William Ruto do not understand how to run an economy. "Kibaki and I managed the grand coalition well. Let them invite us and we shall show them how to run a government," said the former Prime Minister.

Raila was speaking at Musitinyi Primary School in Luanda constituency during a memorial service for eight people who were burnt to death after a matatu they were travelling in caught fire in an accident a week ago.

He said the coalition government gave Kenyans a new constitution but Jubilee has been unable to implement it. Raila said corruption claims in the laptops project and standard gauge railway is proof that jubilee "is gambling" with government.

Cord co-principal Moses Wetang'ula said Uhuru and Ruto are graduates of the central command system and cannot be entrusted with implementing devolution. "The two have embarked on a new deception and another gimmick to cheat Kenyans that they have reduced their salaries. We hope they are not laying the foundation and ground to start reducing salaries in the civil service," he said.

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