Stop taking credit with grand coalition projects, Raila tells Uhuru, Ruto
Cord leader Raila Odinga has told President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto to stop taking credit of projects initiated during the Grand coalition government.
He said the projects that Jubilee is now purporting to be commissioning were initiated by him and retired President Mwai Kibaki.
Raila challenged Uhuru and Ruto to show Kenyans the projects they have achieved in the four years they have been in office.
The former prime minister accused Uhuru and Ruto of fooling Kenyans that they have achieved much in terms of development.
“Jubilee government should stop lying to Kenyans that they have completed many projects since they were elected. These projects were steered by me and Kibaki,” Raila said.
He made the remarks on Sunday during Boda Boda Network forum in Kisumu that brought together more than 1,000 riders.
Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o, Governor Jack Ranguma, MPs Timothy Kajwang (Ruaraka), Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja), Rose Nyamunga (Kisumu woman rep), Silvance Osele (Kabondo- Kasipul), and Fred Outa (Nyando) were present at the meeting.
The ODM leader said the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) and many road projects across the country were of the previous regime and not Jubilee.
He said the current administration has failed Kenyans due to massive corruption, high cost of living, poor working conditions and bad leadership.
Raila said there is no money to fund mega projects due to massive corruption in the government.
“We have seen money being carried in sacks for donation in harambees. What is the source of such huge amount of money being donated if not from state coffers?” he asked.
He said the government cannot boast of any achievement yet it has also crippled devolution by starving governors of cash to drive development.
The Cord principal further faulted the government for failing to address the high rate of unemployment in the country.
“It is very unfortunate that many qualified youths lack jobs due to failure by the current regime,” he added.
He also accused Uhuru of sabotaging the Coast region economically following plans to move the dry port from Mombasa to Naivasha.
Raila said the three economic zones created under the Grand Coalition government in Lamu, Mombasa and Kisumu were being shifted to Naivasha which is only 76km from Nairobi.
“Under Vision 2030, the Grand Coalition Government had earmarked projects according to an agreement signed between Kenya and Singapore,” he said.
The Opposition leader added that after the signing of the agreements, Singapore sent experts who inspected and approved the location of the economic zones.
He questioned the reason why Jubilee administration was now moving container handling operations from Mombasa to inland ports.
Raila said opposition regions have suffered economic marginalisation, ethnic discrimination and political oppression for years.
He said: “The port is moving to a different part of the country through a policy that remains too-well disguised to Kenyans,”
He blamed Jubilee government for failing to set up industries in Western Kenya region, which he said has led to high rate of unemployment.