By Dorcas Sarks
Uhuru and Ruto are stooping too low. By making Raila their point of reference in every meeting they preside over, they are inadvertently boosting his ratings. His excellency the President and the Deputy President should leave the dirty work of responding to and abusing Raila to their hatchet men, the likes of Aden Duale, Kindiki Kithure, Mike Sonko and Murkomen.
The Presidency is the highest office in the land and demands that the occupant be above politics of division, hatred and mudslinging. While presiding over some harambee or Party conventions Uhuruto unashamedly and derogatorily call the Opposition Chief names such as Mganga, jamaa wa vitendawili, the man who thrives on poverty and division and other unsavoury terms.
Just because Raila is taking them task on runaway corruption involving the President’s kin and the Deputy President’s aides.
They want to be set free to loot public coffers at will, without as much as raising a finger against it. The list keeps on ballooning with the passage of each day, Eurobond, chicken gate, NYS, (which has refused to die a natural death), Mafya house and Kilifi scandals.
All these involve mind boggling sums of money running into billions of shillings yet Kenyans are facing starvation, cancer patients are forced to travel to India for lack of facilities, our children studying under trees and inside caves.
The Jubilee duo are behaving like the proverbial ostrich, which buried it’s head in the sand. Instead of tackling corruption they are giving excuses and dragging their feet. The onus of reigning in the scourge remains at the President’s doorstep. Giving excuses that Cord led counties are corrupt, therefore Raila should not criticise the National Government is being escapist, naive and downright petty.
The government has all the machinery under its disposal to arrest and charge the Lords of corruption whether in National government or Cord led counties.
Oh! Raila receives stipends from Cord counties, he is protecting corrupt Governors from ODM counties etc. This is nonsense. Raila cannot stoop too low as to start training his sights on counties. The scandals in the National government keep his diary full. And if they have evidence that he receives money from cord led counties, they should do the necessary instead of lamenting, whining and abusing him.
This just goes to confirm that the Jubilee command is not interested in fighting corruption because they and their Lieutenants/relatives are major beneficiaries. Instead of making Raila their topic at every public meeting, they should tell us about their manifesto, the steps they are taking to minimize corruption, tribalism, unemployment, hunger and insecurity. Wananchi want bread and butter issues highlighted, not mere rhetoric.