Odinga: I did not betray Jubilee gov’t


Odinga: I did not betray Jubilee gov't

CORD Leader Raila Odinga has denied claims the opposition betrayed the Jubilee government during their meeting with U.S President Barack Obama last month.

The former Prime Minister was speaking during a public rally at Ahindi garden in Siaya town, where he disclosed that the issues they raised included matters of corruption, tribalism and discrimination all which Obama had addressed.

Odinga stated that they were only left with issues of devolution, elections irregularities and affirmative action to address with President Obama but not any matters of betrayal as claimed by President Kenyatta.

The Cord leader says their meeting with President Obama was formal and there was nothing hidden about it because they even had a written memorandum.

Odinga who was speaking in reaction to President Kenyatta’s recent remarks that the opposition chose to put their selfish interests first instead of asking for more investors, said they did not even exhaust the memorandum in the first place because most of their issues had already been addressed by Obama during his speech at the Safaricom Kasarani Stadium.

The Cord leader was flanked by Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga, Senators Johnston Muthama (Machakos), James Orengo (Siaya) and MPs David Ochieng’ (Ugenya), Nicholas Gumbo (Rarieda), Junet Mohamed (Suna East), Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja) and Dr. Christine Ombaka (Siaya County).

President Uhuru Kenyatta had criticized the opposition for failing to put the interest of country before theirs when they met President Obama.

Kenyatta said the opposition leaders who were lucky to be accorded the opportunity to meet Obama wasted the golden opportunity.

 

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Maureen Murimi
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