President Uhuru Kenyatta has twice in Kisii attacked ODM Leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, continuing his new trend of picking petty quarrels with a number of opposition leaders.
In the last couple of weeks, Uhuru has been touring mainly opposition strongholds, where he uses the presidential platform to attack local leaders not supporting his re-election bid.
Uhuru, whose two-day tour of Gusii wallowed in disastrous reception with residents in most areas showing open displeasure and local elected leaders snubbing him, spent productive parts of his visit attacking all and sundry while peddling his puny development achievements.
Yesterday, Uhuru attacked Raila of ‘complaining’, calling the former PM a backward person.
“There are those who talk about the problems of yesterday and provide no solutions. We are different; we are different because we learn from the past and provide solutions to help Kenyans,” said the President.
Mr. Odinga has been away to comfort ailing daughter Rosemary and just returned to the country on Monday.
Today, again, Uhuru doubled down on the ODM Leader, accusing him of fanning hatred and incitement which stoked the 2007/08 post-election violence.
“He was the one who ignited the flames that set Kenya on fire in 2007 when he promoted the politics of what he called 40 tribes against one. Now, he is talking about 40 against 2”.
Mr. Odinga has not taken Uhuru’s new fallacious claims lightly. In a quick rejoinder, Mr. Odinga has dismissed Uhuru as a man clutching at a thin straw, drowning in his own incompetence and desperate for political survival.
“We understand the desperation of the President for something to hang on to and re-energise his depressed 2013 voting bloc. We however advise the President to look around his entourage as he visits Kisii and also look into the mirror if he is interested in the truth on the 2007/2008 violence,” said Odinga.
“We remind the President that the Gusii land he is visiting is littered with post-election violence victims who are yet to be compensated, including a widow who had only her husband’s skull to burry. We hope the President has had time to ask whether she has been at his rallies and if she believes his story,” Mr Odinga added.
Mr Odinga also responded to Uhuru’s toxic accusation that it is he (Odinga) who has stagnated the country by constantly complaining about the ills bedeviling Kenya.
“The President needs to look no further than the empire his family and associates assembled corruptly using public resources, if he is keen to understand why Kenya stagnated while the Republic of Korea moved forward. In the ill-acquired wealth of the family and associates lies Kenya’s lost years,” he said.