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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

'WE ARE NOT AL-SHAABAB SYMPATHISERS', CORD RESPONDS TO DP WILLIAM RUTO



'WE ARE NOT AL-SHAABAB SYMPATHISERS', CORD RESPONDS TO DP WILLIAM RUTO
NAIROBI: Repeated statements by Deputy President William Ruto branding the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) Al-shaabab sympathisers have ruffled feathers with two opposition legislators accusing the DP of trivialising insecurity. National Assembly Deputy Chief Whip Chris Wamalwa (Kiminini) and Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga were angered by Mr Ruto's linking of CORD to a terror group that killed 147 people in Garissa University. "All that we continue to hear are accusations that seem to point to the Opposition as Al-Shaabab sympathisers including insinuations that the Opposition may be the political wing of Al-Shaabab. These insinuations that have been repeatedly made by the DP are not only reckless and diversionary, but also trivial while the country is faced with such a huge challenge of insecurity," said Ms Wanga. "It is obvious that CORD is not an Al-shaabab sympathiser," said Wamalwa. He challenged National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale to release a list of Al-Shaabab sympathisers as he promised. The legislators were addressing the Press at Parliament Buildings. Ruto has repeatedly questioned the coalition's alleged 'velvet' approach to the terror group, a stance which has irked the Opposition. See also: Moi: I never met Uhuru and DP at State House Last week, during a church function in Eastleigh, Nairobi County, Ruto criticised CORD leader Raila Odinga's call for the withdrawal of the Kenyan troops from Somalia, claiming that it would be akin to acceding to Al-Shbaab's demands. On Sunday, he carried the narrative to another church function in Kisii County. "It is shocking that some leaders are talking the same language with terrorists as if they have become the political wing of Al-Shaabab," said Ruto. The MPs now want President Uhuru Kenyatta to apologise for linking the coalition to the Mpeketoni attacks. "We are still waiting for Uhuru to apologise to Kenyans for lying about Mpeketoni after Al-Shaabab released their video on how they carried out the attacks...The more the Jubilee government continues to look for excuses, the more we are consigned to the fate of terrorists and we are on our own,".