CORD rubbishes Jubilee’s scorecard, says Uhuru has failed Kenyans


Raila Odinga
CORD leader Raila Odinga in a past address. [Photo/Courtesy]

Coalitions for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) Leader, Raila Odinga, has dismissed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s State of the Nation address, saying what was delivered was mere propaganda.

According to the CORD leader, the nation is ailing.

Speaking during CORD’s ‘State of the Nation Address’ on Saturday morning, Odinga said Jubilee has only 16 months before “time for liberation” comes.

CORD criticized Jubilee’s leadership, saying the government has failed to deliver on campaign promises such as double-digit economic growth and laptops for pupils.

“It’s plain for all to see that Annual economic growth at 5.4% in 2013, 5.2% in 2014 and 5.7% in 2015 is well below the nation’s overarching economic target. We are nowhere near the double-digit growth that Jubilee promised. Since 2013 everything that can go bad went bad. The cost of living escalated within the first three months and basic commodity prices shot up. VAT charges increased,” stated Odinga.

Odinga also touched on Jubilee’s irrigation promise, saying that their flagship project has been marred by graft.

“The Jubilee government promised to put 1 million acres under irrigation. The Galana -Kulalu project has now become a scandal. It has become a failure and a mirage that is now under investigation by a struggling EACC after Ksh7billon was sunk in the project,” he added.

Odinga said that in the three years that Jubilee has been in power, Kenya has been rocked by one mega-corruption scandal after another.

“Corruption has become our second name. Corruption is one of the biggest struggles of our time, from NYS, Euro bond,” stated Odinga.

“This year, Kenya was once again ranked among the most corrupt countries in the world. The newest Transparency International report ranked Kenya at position 139 out of 168 countries. Kenya retained the same score, 25 points out of a possible 100, it had in 2014,” he said.

Odinga went on to state that corruption has crippled development, causing youth to lose out on over 250 thousand jobs annually.

“Corruption continues to raise the cost of infrastructure development in our country while siphoning off scarce resources that could improve the lives of our people. Some surveys show that corruption in Kenya costs local firms 6% of their revenues. Kenyan youths lose over 250,000 jobs annually due to corruption. The struggle against corruption is one of the great struggles of our time,” he added.

Wetangula gives Jubilee D+

According to Cord Co- Principal and Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula, the Jubilee government has scored a D+ on security and territorial integrity.

“The president was reporting progress and not results in the security sector. Military hardware, housing and recruitment of police officers are just processes,” said Wetangula.

Noting that there has been no commission of inquiry into the Westgate attack, the presidential hopeful said that Jubilee has  failed to protect Kenya’s territory.

“Borders remain porous, look at the case of Migingo Island. Somalia taken us to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), demanding part of Kenya. Uhuru is yet to explain what they are doing to stop this,” said the Ford Kenya leader.

According to CORD, the Jubilee Administration has failed to attain the most important target under the Nation’s Economic Blueprint.

“Jubilee has failed to deliver a robust, diversified, and competitive manufacturing sector by failing to implement the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and Free Trade Areas (FTAs) as planned under Vision 2030 in Mombasa, Lamu and Kisumu,” said the CORD leaders.

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