Raila criticises DP for denying hunger deaths

ODM leader Raila Odinga and other leaders at a funds drive in Wajir town yesterday. [Emmanuel Wanson, Standard]
Opposition leader Raila Odinga yesterday rebuked Deputy President William Ruto for claiming that no one had died of hunger.

Raila said it was shameful for a leader of Ruto’s calibre to lie to the country when there were reported deaths in Turkana and West Pokot counties.

“It is shameful for a leader to deny the truth when people are saying they are dying of hunger. Such a leader is an enemy of the people,” he said.

Raila said during the 2009 drought when he was prime minister, they owned up to famine and moved with speed to save lives. He was speaking in Wajir town during a fundraiser. 

On Tuesday, while announcing the release of Sh2 billion government funds to purchase relief food, truck water and rehabilitate boreholes, Ruto said no Kenyan had died of hunger and termed the deaths reported in the media as fake news.

Raila said that together with President Uhuru Kenyatta they were determined to ensure the anti-corruption war bore fruit.

“We have agreed that no one involved in graft should be let off the hook. They should pay for their sins,” the ODM leader said.

He called for respect of the investigation agencies, saying they should be left to deliver on their mandate without interference. “We should not allow all the institutions with the role of dealing with graft to be vilified for doing their work. We must resist it,” Raila said. 

He said he will push for an all-inclusive nation where the diversity of the people would be embraced, coupled with tolerance and equal opportunity for all.

Raila was accompanied by Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and Suna East MP Junet Mohamed.

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