The Star (Nairobi)

24 July 2014

Kenya: Cord Accused of Intimidating Leaders

MSAMBWENI politician Richard Onsongo has criticised Cord for intimidating Coast leaders who are not anti-government.

Onsongo said the statement by Cord leades restricting its members from inviting President Uhuru Kenyatta to their areas is "intimidation of the highest order" which should not be tolerated by Kenyans.

He said the country has only one President who must be respected by all regardless of their political affiliation.

Speaking in Diani yesterday Onsongo said Uhuru has the right to visit any part of the country.

"Warning Cord members from Coast against associating themselves with the President is saying Coast people should not be served by the ruling government which is their right. We must wake up as Kenyans and condemn Raila Odinga and his team for being so discriminative," he said.

He said that Cord members in the Coast region who are working with the President are doing so for the sake of residents.

Onsongo said working with the government does not mean you have left your party.

"The Political Parties Act does not restrict leaders to work with the ruling government because that is how citizens will be able to get services. If the President is not told what is needed do they expect locals to go and tell Uhuru themselves? Let us be realistic and live in the present not past,' said Onsongo.

The politician urged Coast leaders to go back in the drawing table and hasten the formation of their political vehicle ahead of 2017 to avoid such intimidation.

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