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Monday, 10 Oct 2016 16:32 EAT
With just two days before a make or break meeting of the CORD coalition principals, Siaya senator James Orengo said on Saturday that the coalition was united and would not disintegrate as some of its supporters fear. The senator said the differences witnessed recently in the coalition had not only strengthened it, but were part of its strategy in preparation for the 2017 elections.
“We know the type of opponents we will be facing. I want to assure you that we as CORD are one thing, there are no differences, what you are seeing are part of our strategy so don’t panic,” said Orengo, who was speaking at a burial ceremony at Matungulu, Machakos County.
The funeral was for the late Timothy Kathuma, a businessman who was brutally murdered at Kisukioni market a week ago. The senator urged CORD supporters to be confident since the coalition “would be forming the next government.” He urged the Kamba community to remain steadfast in CORD, saying that recent reports that Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka would defect to Jubilee were part of the “rumours” being engineered by the government.
“Ignore the Jubilee propaganda doing rounds that Kalonzo is joining them. CORD is strong and don’t be swayed because we (CORD) are forming the next government,” added Orengo.
Orengo further added that CORD will agree on a single presidential candidate who will receive the coalition’s nomination, and he pointed out that there is need for the three co-principals to stick together so as to send Jubilee government home saying that Kenyans “were tired of being ruled by two tribes only in a country of 42.”
“A strong CORD will send Jubilee packing so there is need to stick together till 2017. We as CORD leaders have agreed to support whoever gets the nomination to be the flagbearer, and I urge you to come out in large numbers so we can institute a government for all Kenyans,” said the Siaya senator.
Orengo further hit out on Deputy President William Ruto, whom he accused of spending huge sums of money whose origin was questionable. “I want Ruto to explain where he gets all the money to squander, today you will hear he has gone somewhere and spent almost Sh18 million within two days in a harambee,” said Orengo, referring to newspaper reports about Mr Ruto’s contributions to fundraising drives.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press