Kabando Wa Kabando blasts Kahiga over history remarks to Raila
Former Mukurweini Member of Parliament Kabando wa Kabando has criticised Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga for challenging Raila Odinga during his political tour of Nyeri County.
According to Kabando, Mutahi shouldn't go to spoil Raila's meeting if he doesn't agree to it, adding that Mt. Kenya region value their history and heritage.
"Governor Mutahi Kahiga shouldn't go to spoil Raila's meeting if he doesn't agree to it. Don't misrepresent our collective priority agenda. We value our history, our heritage. A people who don't value their history are like a tree without roots, it'll fall. Let Raila campaign," Kabando said.
Kabando further castigated Kahiga sentiments, challenging Raila to promise the region a number of positions in his cabinet, including the Deputy President position.
"Kahiga didn't speak for Nyeri when he told Raila that the post of Deputy President and history aren't important, that we want assurance how many cabinet posts Raila will give. Ironically, we have so many Kikuyus in Uhuru's govt, yet locals are suffering," Kabando said.
Kahiga had asked Raila to stop the notion that the Mt Kenya region is in need of the Deputy President post.
The County chief said that all that the Mt. Kenya region wants is to know what will be in store for them in Raila’s government come 2022.
“Don’t tell us about Deputy Presidency, that is a small issue, we have even seen those who have been given, what have they done with it,” Kahiga said.
Speaking at the event, Governor Kahiga asked Raila to stop campaigning on historical event's platform but urged the ODM leader to narrate what he would do for the Mt. Kenya region if elected president come 2022.
Kahiga called upon the ODM leader to focus on his development agenda for the Mt. Kenya region instead of narrating history.
"It is not the right time to talk about history, it is time to talk about where we are going," Kahiga said.
Jubilee Nominated Member of Parliament Maina Kamanda and Siaya Senator James Orengo criticised Governor Kahiga over his remarks directed at the former premier.
Kamanda dismissed Governor Kahiga remarks about Raila campaigning on a platform of historical events, saying the events bind the country together.
"History must be told because it brings Kenyans together as they know where they have come from. I wonder if he is really a Kikuyu because he doesn't want to talk about history," Kamanda said.
Senator Orengo on the other hand told Kahiga that history will be told whether the governor likes it or not, given that the struggle for independence started in Nyeri.
Raila is on a two-day political tour in Nyeri County, hosting a series of Azimio la Umoja events while meeting stakeholders from the region.