Politics, fight against corruption dominate workers' day celebrations

The country was yesterday treated to loud political undertones perceived to target Deputy President William Ruto’s 'Tanga Tanga' team during 'Labour Day celebrations at Uhuru Park.

The national event was attended by a majority of Opposition leaders, who took a swipe at leaders opposed to the renewed war against corruption and the unity deal between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Led by former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula, National Assembly Minority Leader John Mbadi and a host of MPs allied to Uhuru and Raila, the leaders said they were ready to lead street protests to kick out the corrupt.

The leaders also revisited the debate on church donations by politicians, saying individuals are not barred for supporting religious institutions but they should not use stolen money.

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Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, who had attended the meeting, walked out in protest, over claims the event had been turned into an opposition political rally.

“It’s sad I attended Labour Day thinking it’s a workers say. It turns out to be just another NASA rally,” said Kuria through a Facebook post.

Central Organisation of Trade Unions Secretary General Francis Atwoli, who has since become a sworn Ruto critic, was the first to throw a jab at Ruto allies, especially MPs from Mt Kenya.

The Cotu boss claimed they were inciting the Kikuyu community against Uhuru.

He said Uhuru was still young to retire thus the region should support the clamour for referendum to expand the Executive.

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“Our friends from 'Tanga Tanga' should not incite Kenyans. Do not incite the Kikuyu community because we support Uhuru in the war against corruption," said Atwoli.

Kalonzo said the country was tired of runaway corruption and wanted to see culprits jailed.

He said the people may be forced to take the revolution path just as it happened in Sudan where ousted President Omar al-Bashir was kicked out through civil coup.

“If we need to slay the corruption dragon then we need legislation to govern lifestyle. Kenyans want to see thieves jailed and all stolen money recovered. We must now move to the next level,” he said.

Mudavadi called for action against the corrupt, saying Kenyans want to see major arrests of top Government officials engaged in graft.

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Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny said people accused of stealing eggs were hunted down and taken to police cells, while those who steal billions continue being cheered on.

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Labour Day celebrationsPresident Uhuru KenyattaOpposition leader Raila Odinga