North Rift leaders dismiss Nasa calls for products boycott

Rift Valley elected leaders affiliated to Jubilee Party have termed as reckless the National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga call for his supporters to boycott goods and services from some corporates.

Led by Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago who was also the party’s North Rift campaign team chair, they asked Raila to safeguard his legacy by retiring from politics honourably.

They said the latest schemes by Raila to bring the country’s economy down was bound to fail, saying Kenyans were interdependent in all social and economic spheres. “We are calling on Kenyans of goodwill to ignore sentiments attributed to Nasa leader calling on citizens to boycott goods and services offered by companies affiliated to Jubilee Party leaders,” he said.

The governor said all leaders from the cosmopolitan region have resolved to preach peace and unity and “will evade the trap being set by the Nasa leader through his outbursts”.

Speaking at a press conference in Eldoret town, the leaders who included Uasin Gishu senator Margaret Kamar, her Nandi counterpart Samson Cherargei, MPs William Chepkut (Ainabkoi), Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Caleb Kositany (Soy), Janet Rotich (Turbo) and Swarup Mishra (Kesses), they urged Raila to tone down on divisive politics to save the country from heightened political temperatures.

“The civil disobedience being championed by Raila is not good for the country’s stability bearing in mind that we are just from a gruelling political contest for the top seat” said Kamar and asked the Nasa leader “to swallow his pride and accept the verdict of Kenyan voters” in the just concluded repeat election that was ordered by the Supreme Court.

“It’s the high time we move on as a country. We should not continue to subject the people to more suffering because of bad politics,” she said. Mishra urged President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto to embark on a healing and reconciliation process after they are sworn into office. Chepkut urged the Opposition leaders to respect the rule of law instead of inciting supporters to cause destruction of property over politics.

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