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We can’t sell Raila in our region, Mt. Kenya leaders tell Uhuru

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Politicians from Mt. Kenya region have written a hard-hitting letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta, declaring that it will be hard to sell ODM party leader Raila Odinga to the region.

In an open letter, coming just a week to President Uhuru’s crucial retreat to the Sagana State Lodge, the over 40 legislators, among them Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata, have highlighted issues of concern and which they believe have occasioned the current fallout within the Jubilee Party, with President’s political dalliance with ODM leader Raila Odinga, the BBI and the power play within the Jubilee Party topping the list.

They accuse the President of betraying them and trying to impose Mr. Odinga on the Mt. Kenya region while their people remain suffering due to unfulfilled promises.

“For 8 years, between 2011 and 2018, you consistently and persistently cautioned us that Raila Odinga was Kenya’s foremost problem, and pleaded with us to send him home for the country to move forward. You were only emphasizing what our people already knew, taking into account his history in the use of violence and ethnic divisions as a means to achieve political power,” reads part of the letter.

“As a result, he is an existential threat to the economy and national unity. We must be direct and truthful with you: We cannot sell Raila Odinga in our region or, indeed, any other imposed presidential candidate. You blame the leaders and people of the Mt. Kenya region for being reluctant to accept the Handshake and the BBI. It is not their fault. The successful effort you made to persuade the people and render Raila Odinga unacceptable in Mt. Kenya cannot be undone in your lifetime.”

On the BBI issue, the Mt. Kenya leaders maintain that the handshake was a departure from the Jubilee’s main focus; the Big 4 Agenda, which they insist would have created jobs and transformed livelihoods.

“Despite your administration promising to focus on the Big Four agenda post-2017, agenda that would have created millions of jobs for our youth, the self-same youth now languish in poverty after the Big Four agenda was abandoned in favor of the Small Two Agenda of the Handshake and BBI,” the letter further reads.

The leaders have further highlighted what they term as politics of deceit and betrayal within the President’s camp stating: “The new political agenda propounded by a faction publicly allied to you, which seeks to normalize treachery, dishonesty, deceit and betrayal as defining traits of our region and people is tragic, dangerous and unacceptable.”

On matters development, the Mt. Kenya leaders have asked the Head of State to turn his focus on “the declining economy, ailing health sector and deal with the elephant in the room of the crippling public debt.”

On the ongoing succession politics, the leaders have advised President Kenyatta “not to interfere with the people’s freedom and democratic right to choose his successor,” which they say was a strategy used by Retired President Mwai Kibaki.

The over 40 politicians want President Uhuru Kenyatta to address their grievances at Sagana retreat, warning that should he fail to do so, the Mt Kenya region they will remain restless and full-blown revolt will be inevitable.

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