Odinga questions Jubilee’s four year record in Western tour


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Raila Odinga (left) accompanied by his wife Ida Odinga (second left) and Wycliffe Oparanya. [Photo/Courtesy]

The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leader, Raila Odinga, has questioned Jubilee’s performance record since President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto took over power.

Speaking during his first day of a week-long tour of Kakamega County, Odinga said that Jubilee has been unable to implement the pre-election pledges but instead focused on unveiling new promises at State House conferences.

“Piling new promises and blue prints on top of the unfulfilled promises amount to seeking power by fraud and conning Kenyans. As opposition, we will not allow Jubilee to defraud Kenyans again,” Odinga said during his stops on Monday.

“We are in the fourth year of Jubilee. The governing coalition cannot tell Kenyans it will build this or that road. It must show us the roads it has built and why the others have not been built. It must show us what it has delivered.”

This, according to Odinga’s spokesman, Dennis Onyango, will be the CORD leader’s message during his tour of Kakamega as he seeks to consolidate his support ahead of the next elections.

The tour, which runs under the theme; Results, not New Blue Prints on Top of Old Promises, seeks to put Jubilee to task over their pre-election manifesto and cases of corruption that have marred their time in office.

In a statement, Onyango said that it is Odinga’s view that Jubilee should take Kenyans through each of the promises it made in the run up to 2013 elections and show what became of each.

“He is challenging Jubilee to show the results of the last four years and stop telling to Kenyans that it can work miracles in the remaining 11 months,” said Onyango.

Among the promises that the ODM leader is questioning include Jubilee’s pledge to provide laptops for schools, construction of five stadia, put one million acres under irrigation, ensuring affordable cost of living, development of tourism resort and construction of 10,000km of roads.

Odinga is also seeking to put Jubilee to task over cases of corruption that have rocked the country including the Eurobond, the National Youth Service scam and the National Youth Fund saga.

Jubilee has, however, in the past defended itself over the opposition’s onslaught saying that every corruption case has been probed with cases against those accused ongoing in courts.

Allegations touching on NYS and Youth Fund have already been probed with those linked to it facing charges in court.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy President William Ruto have also insisted that there development record betters that of past governments, including the Grand Coalition government that had Odinga as Prime Minister and Mwai Kibaki as President.

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