In Summary
  • The members of Raila Odinga's ODM said they will put up a joint force against Mr Kenyatta's critics.
  • They asked members of the ruling coalition to let the president finish his second term in peace.
  • The group further said President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga should be allowed to unite the country following their truce.
  • On the presidential race in the 2022 general election, the legislators exuded confidence that the handshake was preparing Mr Odinga to take over.

A group of Orange party legislators has put off Jubilee leaders critical of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his development record, saying they must respect the presidency.

The members of Raila Odinga's Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) said they will put up a joint force against Mr Kenyatta's critics. Their mission going forward is "to protect the presidency at whatever cost".

FINAL TERM

The lawmakers stated their position during the burial of Awendo MP Walter Owino's mother in Awendo, Migori County, on Friday.

They asked members of the ruling coalition to let the president finish his second term in peace.

Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja) said those attacking the President should know "we will protect the presidency at all costs".

The MP said, "Those attacking the president are against the handshake. They want to drive a wedge between the president and our party leader. We shall not sit back and watch the peace and tranquillity brought about by the handshake threatened."

Mr Wandayi, ODM's political affairs director, added, "Political leaders must watch their tongues. Let them check their utterances both in public and in private."

ALLEGIANCE

Anthony Oluoch (Mathare) said, "You said you want to complete the journey and we are helping you do it. The person completing the journey is Uhuru Kenyatta, the president of the republic of Kenya. He needs to be respected. That is going to be our bone of contention with you. We cannot allow you to disrespect the presidency."

He added, "The president belongs to all Kenyans. He does not belong to Kiambu or Nyeri only. He is the president of us all and that must be respected."

Migori Senator Ochillo Ayacko echoed this, saying Kenyans owe President Kenyatta allegiance and respect for the sake of civility.

"We invite the president and his government to visit this place as many times as he wishes because we pay taxes, follow the laws of Kenya and respect him."

RAILA 2022

The group further said President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga should be allowed to unite the country following their truce.

On the presidential race in the 2022 general election, the legislators exuded confidence that the handshake was preparing Mr Odinga to take over.

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