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Northern Kenya opposition leaders lash out at Jubilee over defections

By NJ Correspondent:

ODM MPs address a press conference in Nairobi on March 13, 2017 where they spoke out against the government’s of mishandling Governor Joho in Mombasa during President Uhuru’s visit.

A section of MPs from Northern Kenya has expressed dissatisfaction at the campaign tactics employed by President Uhuru and his party Jubilee.

Speaking at a press conference in Nairobi on Saturday, the leaders accused the president of ‘buying’ leaders previously elected on opposition parties’ ticket in Northern Kenya.

Led by Balambala MP Abdikadir Aden, the leaders accused the president of fueling hatred in the region with his selective meetings with clans after hosting several clan delegations at State House Nairobi recently.

“He should stop this obsession with clans. If he wants to meet people from a county, meet everybody. And do not use Kanu tactics at us, it won’t work,” Said Abdi K.

The vocal ODM MP was joined by his colleagues Abdullahi Dirye (Wajir South), Abdikadir Ore (Wajir West) and Wajir Women representative Fatuma Ibrahim.

The leaders who were also joined by outspoken Suna East MP Junet Mohamed said Jubilee resorted to harassment, coercion and ‘wholesale buying of leaders’ from the region but exuded confidence the tactics won’t yield any fruits.

“We want to tell the Jubilee government to use its loudmouths in Northern Kenya to bark as much as they want because they have only until August to do so,” said Mr. Aden of Balambala.

Their sentiments come in the wake of rumors surrounding Wajir Governor Ahmed Abdullahi’s political future after reports indicating his intended defection to Jubilee or one of its affiliate parties emerged this week.

Eldas MP Adan Keynan and his Tarbaj counterpart Mohamed Elmi also ditched opposition party ODM joining Uhuru’s Jubilee two weeks ago after leading a degodia clan delegation to State house, Nairobi.

Marsabit Governor Ukur Yattani and a host of other leaders from his county have also joined Jubilee decamping from ODM.

ODM point man Junet Mohamed however downplayed the defections saying the party will replace those who decamped with other able leaders.


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