CORD leaders insist coalition still intact

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CORD leaders have insisted that the party is still united
CORD leaders have insisted that the party is still united

CORD leaders have maintained that their coalition is still intact and they are working on a formula to win the 2017 general elections. CORD leaders, Raila Odinga and Moses Wetangula took to the podium to assure Kenyans that there was no division within CORD and that anything happening was internal democracy.

Odinga urged the Pokot community to assist in voting out the Jubilee government adding that the DP should be cautious saying the partnership he has with the President will never yield results by supporting him saying he is a key witness who endorsed the former President Kibaki and was given nothing in return.

However, Raila Odinga urged the KANU to join the opposition towards unseating the current jubilee government.

“We want KANU to work with CORD to make sure Jubilee is trumped. We want KANU and other parties to join us so that we send Jubilee home,” Raila said.

The former Prime Minister said the current projects being carried in West Pokot including the tarmacking of Kamatira–Cheptongei road and the Siyoi–Muruny dam water project, was part of the work planned during the Grand Coalition, saying the Jubilee government was just putting in place projects kickstarted long ago.

Raila hit out at deputy President William Ruto, saying he shouldn’t campaign for 2022 elections, citing that all eyes are focused on the 2017 elections.

“Ruto should forget about the 2022 elections. We are concentrating on 2017 and not 2022,” said Raila. Raila urged the Jubilee government to serve Kenyans because little time remains before the elections.

CORD Principal Moses Wetangula said the party won’t be divided citing that CORD co-principals are still together. Wetangula cited that they are doing internal democracy hence the coalition will not be divided.

“We remain strong. When Raila, Kalonzo or Wetangula campaign for themselves, it doesn’t mean there is a problem in CORD. We have not differed with my brother Raila,” Wetangula said.

Wetangula rubbished calls for CORD to name its flag bearer citing that the party should not be compelled by anyone. “When Raila said Kibaki Tosha, he said it a few months to the elections. We have no hurry as we know we shall do it when time comes,” he said.

However, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen urged all politicians to avoid using incitement statements.

“This might plunge the country into chaos,” he said.

Murkomen urged the opposition not to incite Kenyans as the country is headed for the general elections.

“We want you Mr. Raila to go back to what you said in Narok,” said Murkomen.

He said there is no need for divisive politics hence called for unity among politicians.

The West Pokot governor Simon Kachapin, however, reiterated that it’s the right time for Jubilee to be re-elected.

Other leaders present were Wyliffe Oparanya, senators Kipchumba Murkomen, John Lonyangapuo, MPs Samuel Moroto, Phillip Rotino, David Pkossing, Ferdinard Wanyonyi, Regina Nyeris and principal secretaries Micah Powon, Khadijah Kassachoon, Former Inspector General David Kimaiyo.