By KENAN MIRUKA and ROBERT NYASATO
A group of Gusii MPs intensified campaigns for Prime Minister Raila Odinga at the weekend and claimed lords of impunity have ganged up to scuttle Constitution implementation.
Led by Public Works Minister Chris Obure, the leaders, who included Foreign Affairs Assistant Minister Richard Onyonka and Bonchari MP Charles Onyancha, cited continued stay in office by county commissioners despite the court annulling their appointment as evidence of impunity.
Addressing an ODM delegates meeting hosted by local branch chairman Gideon Moreka at Nyamarambe in South Mugirango, the leaders said it was only Raila who could be entrusted to fully implement the new law as per the expectations of Kenyans without mutilating it. “Kenyans voted for the Constitution with good intentions. However, some individuals have plotted to scuttle its full implementation,” said Obure.
He added ODM preferred that elections are held as soon as December and urged President Kibaki to respect the law on the appointment of county commissioners.
“The president made the appointments based on wrong advice. We expected a transparent process where prospective candidates are vetted and not where the experienced are overlooked,” said the minister.
Moreka asked the PM to quit the coalition Government to force early polls as per the wishes of many Kenyans. Onyonka said he had decided to support Raila because the PM demonstrated leadership credentials after the bungled 2007 elections when he refused to take up arms and go to war. “We want to transform this nation and this time round, Nyanza as a region will vote as a bloc for Raila and ODM. Some leaders in the presidential race are merely seeking power yet we need to move our people to the next level,” said Onyonka.
Onyancha defended Raila’s reform credentials and termed those seeking to have Parliament’s term extended to August next year as cowards who want to stay in power illegally.