George Kebaso and Yusuf Masibo @PeopleDailyKe
Nasa leader Raila Odinga yesterday told off diplomats for asking him to recognise President Uhuru Kenyatta’s electoral win for any dialogue to take place.
He said Kenya is an independent State that is capable of solving its problems internally and does not require any kind of international pressure to do so. Raila asked the US Ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec, British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nick Hailey, their Germany counterpart, Jutta Frasch and eight others from the West “to stop their hypocrisy”.
Further in defiance, the opposition leader asked the diplomats to mind their own business saying they are not interested in the country’s democracy. “They are not interested in democracy but extend neo-colonialism through business deals so that they can continue stealing our resources,” he said at Southands, Lang’ata in Nairobi where he visited survivors of a fire that gutted a slum settlement two weeks ago.
He asked the diplomats to respect Kenya’s sovereignty. “We have never told them who to elect in their countries, why should they?” he asked and accused them of being part of the scheme that “rigged the August 8, 2017 elections”.
“I have read the papers today that diplomats have spoken that they only recognise Uhuru Kenyatta as the President of Kenya, but eight days before the election, IEBC chairman, Wafula Chebukati said he was not sure the Commission will deliver a free and credible election,” he said.
Elsewhere, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula has vowed that the Nasa brigade will not relent their quest to have a national dialogue with the Jubilee government. Speaking at Bukokholo in Sirisia constituency, he said President Uhuru Kenyatta had no option but to dialogue with them if he wanted to cool down the current political temperatures.
“We want to cool down the political temperatures in the country which, if not handled well, will escalate into something else,” he said. Area MP John Waluke applauded Wetang’ula for missing the January 30 oath saying it was an exercise in futility.