MP Alice Wahome blasts Uhuru, Raila over ‘Prime Minister plot’
Kandara Member of Parliament Alice Wahome has hit out at President Uhuru Kenyatta accusing him of being a threat to the country’s democracy.
Addressing a press conference on Thursday in Malindi, Wahome claimed the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) was a plot by President Kenyatta and ODM Party leader Raila Odinga to remain in power after the 2022 elections.
“The biggest existential threat to Kenya’s declining economy, democracy and freedom of expression, political affiliation and growth is Uhuru Kenyatta, because he is on the driver’s seat,” she said.
The Kandara MP insisted that the recent remarks by Former Jubilee Vice-Chairman David Murathe as well as previous sentiments by COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli and Nominated Senator Beth Mugo suggesting that that President Kenyatta will remain in power should not be taken lightly.
”Raila Odinga is his new political mercenary for hire, and the BBI report is the special-purpose vehicle heading to the route that has been suggested by Murathe, Atwoli and Beth Mugo,” claimed the Kandara MP.
She wondered why the president has not responded the sentiments by Murathe, Atwoli and Beth Mugo whom he termed as the Head of State’s confidants.
”Am sure Kenyans must be thinking Murathe is dreaming. No, I don’t think Murathe is dreaming. I don’t think Atwoli is talking from nowhere. I do not think Beth Mugo, who is a close relative of Uhuru Kenyatta, is speaking from nowhere,” she said.
Murathe, in a recent media interview, claimed that Kenyatta will remain in power as a Prime Minister after the 2022 General Election. On his part Atwoli previously said President Kenyatta is too young to retire at 60 come 2022, hence, his term should be extended.
The MP said the suggestions that President Kenyatta should not retire was an abuse and insult to the intelligence of Kenyans.
”Even though the persons saying may be expressing their opinions and views I think his Excellency who we respect a lot, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, should actually respond to some of those issues because if they were coming from just anywhere, then maybe Kenyans would not give them attention,” she said.
Wahome, who is allied to the Tanga Tanga faction of the Jubilee Party, said the implementation of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report should be abandoned and priority be given to the economic recovery of the country and democracy.
“Why can’t we put aside the BBI. So far it has produced nothing and many of us agreed to support it but it was returned back. I think we should abandon it completely,” she added.
The Kandara MP said if the Constitution is to be amended, then there should be a provision barring a president who has served his term from running for any office that has executive powers.
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