In a heated address on Wednesday night, Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party leader Raila Odinga launched a scathing attack on Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, condemning his often controversial public statements.
Odinga’s criticism comes in response to Gachagua’s recent comments regarding bipartisan talks and his divisive remarks about the government.
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Addressing the nation, Odinga began by referencing Gachagua’s August remarks, where the Deputy President labeled the ongoing bipartisan discussions between leaders from the opposition Azimio and the ruling Kenya Kwanza political factions as a “waste of time.”
Odinga did not hold back in his response, saying, “Such remarks are not presidential, especially coming from a political leader of the stature of a deputy president.”
Odinga also took issue with Gachagua’s comments from February, in which the Deputy President likened the government to a company with shareholders, suggesting that the administration would prioritize those who voted for it while neglecting opposition supporters.
Odinga expressed his disappointment, saying, “Huyo bwana Gachagua nimesema ni mtu ambaye hastahili awe naibu wa rais wa taifa, maanake mdomo yake ni chafu; anatoa maneno ambayo inaweza kuleta mapigano katika taifa.”
He went on to label Gachagua as “an embarrassment” to the nation due to the high office he holds, and questioned his moral standing to serve as the Deputy President of Kenya.
Odinga also accused Gachagua of regional bias, claiming that he only works for his own region to the detriment of other parts of the country.
“Akiongea anasema wao na sisi…na tena anasema Kenya ni kampuni ambayo ina hisa; kuna wengine wana hisa zaidi, wengine wana hisa chache, wengine hawana chochote. Hiyo inaweza kugawanya nchi,” Odinga warned.
Odinga emphasized the importance of the government providing services to all citizens equally, regardless of their political affiliation.
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He stated, “Serikali inatakikana itoe huduma kwa watu wote na usawa, maanake pesa ya serikali inatoka kwa ushuru ya wananchi, na hakuna eneo ambayo inasemekana ni eneo ya wafuasi wa serikali, na ingine ni eneo ya maadui wa serikali; Wakenya wote wanatoa ushuru sawa.”
Odinga firmly declared, “Kwa hivyo bwana Gachagua anatakikana asiwe naibu wa rais wa taifa ya Kenya, ni aibu kubwa sana kuwa mtu kama huyo anaweza kuwa naibu wa rais wa taifa chochote, sio Kenya pekee yake.”