Odinga taking advantage of handshake to usurp powers – DP

Jubilee MPs have told civil servants to ignore roadside orders issued by Opposition leader Raila Odinga.

They said Mr Odinga had no powers to issue any orders, adding that such directives can only come from Government officials.

Speaking during a prayer service at Kithirune Methodist Church of Kenya in Central Imenti, Meru County on Sunday and attended by Deputy President William Ruto, the leaders said Mr Odinga was taking advantage of the Handshake to usurp powers he does not have.

The MPs said what Raila was doing was an encroachment on the work of the President.

They were Raheem Dawood (North Imenti), Moses Kirimi (Central Imenti), Mugambi Rindikiri (Buuri), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Silvanus Osoro (South Mugirango) and Halima Mucheke (nominated)

Mr Gachagua dismissed Mr Odinga’s directive to stop dredging at the Indian Ocean.

He wondered why an opposition leader would issue Government directives.

“Those orders are his own jokes. We urge all civil servants to ignore Mr Odinga’s directive; he has no authority over such,” he said.

Mr Osoro asked Mr Odinga to relax, adding that such orders can only come from the President.

They dismissed Mr Odinga’s directive to stop dredging at the Indian Ocean.

“Those in the Opposition should do their duty of checking on the Government,” said the South Mugirango MP.

Nkubu Synod Bishop Miriti Bundi faulted those campaigning for the change the Constitution, saying the country’s problems were not emanating from that document.

“Even the countries with the best Constitution but without proper adherence would still not succeed,” he explained.

At the same time, the Deputy President asked leaders not to be intoxicated with power and titles to the point of forgetting that there was God.

“That is why they are attempting to sneak in some laws to curb church donations.

However, we would not shy away from standing with the church,” he argued. “We attend church to honour God.”

He said the Government had set aside Sh3 billion to promote coffee cultivation.

“Addressing the challenges faced by farmers would ensure that farmers earn more,” he said.

He called for increased collaboration between the Government, cooperatives and leaders to ensure the said funds meet their target.