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What Raila said of Uhuru's state corporations appointments
– Opposition chief Raila Odinga and several CORD leaders have criticised President Uhuru Kenyatta’s recent appointments to various management boards
– During the burial of an ODM MCA, they said the move was a “cheap” 2017 strategy
Coalitions for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) politicians led by Raila Odinga have termed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Friday June 24, 2016 state corporations appointments a poor “vote-hunting strategy”, as the country gears up for the 2017 General Election.
Speaking during the burial ceremony of nominated MCA Grace Chihanga in Rabai, Kilifi County, Raila said the president’s ‘recycling of old and rejected politicians’ was an outdated strategy, according to Citizen Digital.
“Jubilee should be focused on addressing challenges undermining development rather than recycling politicians,” he said, flanked by fellow Opposition members Kilifi governor Amason Kingi, Kilifi senator Steward Madzayo, Siaya senator James Orengo, Machakos senator Johnson Muthama, as well as Women Reps Aisha Jumwa, Mishi Mboko and Suna East MP Junnet Mohammed.
Cord politicians at the burial ceremony of ODM’s Kilifi nominated MCA Grace Chihanga on Saturday.
On Friday, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced new appointments of several heads of state corporations.
Former Bumula MP Bifwoli Wakoli took the place of the late Soita Shitanda as Agricultural Development Corporation chairperson, while former Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi was appointed the chairperson of National Government Constituency Development Fund.
Kilifi’s former Ganze MP Noah Katana Ngala was appointed the Kenya National Library Services chairperson, while former Changamwe MP Ramadhan Kajembe was made head of the Kenya Ferry Service board.
Former Rarieda MP Raphael Tuju was appointed Lake Basin Development Authority chairperson.
During the funeral, where Raila eulogised Chihanga as a diligent worker and committed member of ODM, Governor Kingi called out the party’s rebel MPs, saying that they had been recruited by the Jubilee government to distabilise the Opposition.
“These rebel ODM MPs are undermining the party. They should quit instead of complaining and causing division. Some claim to have a larger supporter base in their areas. If they think they are as powerful and strong as they claim to be, let them resign and seek those elective seats afresh,” said Kingi.
Recently on Tuesday June 21, ODM MPs from Western Kenya released a statementalongside the party’s Secretary General Ababu Namwamba claiming that there was a deliberate strategy to sideline them by their counterparts from Nyanza region who “feel they own ODM”.