Jubilee leaders loyal to DP William Ruto have not yet got over the Kibra by-election loss.
After the humiliating defeat, the team has been on a warpath blaming everyone in sight and now CS Matiang’i is the latest on their list.
Led by Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa, the legislators said the meeting at a hotel in Karen
discussed the election. “We are aware that both Dr Matiang’i and Dr Kibicho secretly met Mr
Odinga in a hotel in Karen over the by-election,” Mr Ichung’wa said.
But in a quick rejoinder, 13 ODM MPs warned the Tanga Tanga group against threatening
civil servants over the Kibra by-election.
“Leave civil servants out of this by-election,” the MPs said in a statement read by National
Assembly Minority Whip Junet Mohamed.
He dismissed claims that Mr Odinga met Dr Matiang’i and Dr Kibicho, insisting the DP was
still bitter over his candidate MacDonald Mariga’s loss in the hotly contested by-election. Mr
Mohamed challenged the DP to accept and move on.
“The DP has been telling people to accept defeat. It is now his time to accept and move on.
We won that election and our supporters protected the votes. People rejected the goons he
sent to buy voters,” Mr Mohamed said.
The MPs said the “noise the DP is making over the by-election” is a scheme to set the
ground to reject the BBI report, which is to be published soon.“Let him (Ruto) not hide behind Kibra. He should come out and oppose his boss over BBI and handshake,” he added.
Although the Jubilee MPs did not give details of the Karen meeting, they claimed that its
setting provided the perfect opportunity for the chaos that unfolded in Kibra.
The seat that fell vacant following the death of former MP Ken Okoth was won by his
brother Bernard Otieno Okoth.
“It’s because of the meeting that goons commanded by Mr (Samuel) Arati have not been
arrested,” Mr Ichung’wa said.
He said the goons behind the violence enjoyed high-level patronage in the Office of the
President, adding that the buck stops with the Interior CS.
“We can’t allow violence to be used to stop Kenyans from exercising their right to vote,” he
ODM has, however, denied causing violence in Kibra and instead shifted the blame to Dr
Ruto’s supporters, whom they accused of bribery and intimidation.
They said Mr Odinga was using the BBI to create divisions in national leadership and to
wage “irresponsible attacks on the DP”. They demanded that Mr Odinga should apologise to
the public for the violence.