Former MPs from the wider Meru, a few politicians who vied in last year’s polls and some members of the business community paid a courtesy call on Raila Odinga to support the March 9 handshake.
In this regard, we extended our support for the Building Bridges Initiative, and appreciated his support for President Uhuru Kenyatta's war on corruption and impunity. The partnership between President Kenyatta and Raila reflects on the Kenyan dream thus, anyone opposed to it can only be a beneficiary of the impunity that has made us poorer.
We also came to denounce some national politicians who have lately shown discomfort and are openly sabotaging the handshake agenda, and dismissing Uhuru’s crackdown on graft, restoration of the Mau Forest and recovery of riparian areas.
The meeting was not about endorsing Raila for 2022, as he has not indicated interest in vying then. We also have to wait to know the full list of the candidates.
At the meeting, we made it clear that those rebelling against the President are like the traitors who were bought by colonialists. We assured the President through the former premier, that, though some of our leaders may be compromised, the masses are fully behind him. In fact, excitement amongst the public is about high expectations that finally Kenya has a united leadership that’s ending theft of our hard earned public resources. We recalled the 1963 moment in Kenya’s history, when Jaramogi Odinga stood with Jomo Kenyatta, just as Raila is standing with Uhuru. The difference today is that the President and Raila won’t repeat any mistake that led to the Jomo-Jaramogi fallout. We urged Raila to continue backing the President, as he mercilessly crashes all merchants of impunity in cleansing Kenya of the Lords of Graft that fought Wangari Maathai for her protection of our environment. Our people want all stolen cash returned for development.
Mr President, cleanse Kenya and that will be your best legacy. A Kenya free of graft and impunity is the best guarantee to the achievement of your four pillars. Mr President, bring down the towers of graft and erect towers of integrity for all of Kenya's children to benefit. Crack the whip; sack those sabotaging your noble efforts, fully aware that those complaining are unworthy of your friendship. Be a friend of nature and of millions of citizens yearning for a fresher, new prosperous Kenya. Thieves belong NOT to your palace but to jail. We are fortunate that on this fight, you not only have the support of Raila but also that of DCI George Kinoti and DDP Nordin Haji. These are true sons of Kenya and true friends and allies to the Kenyan dream. We further applaud the EACC for their latest excellent work as well as the journalists, who are doing much to expose graft.
Meru leaders, who detest corruption and impunity, have formed the Ameru Handshake Forum to support the fight against the two evils for united, prosperous and peaceful Kenya. We call upon Uhuru and Raila (UhuRao) to visit Meru and other counties to demonstrate what their new partnership portends for a new Kenya free of corruption and impunity. We are with the people, while those against the war on corruption are comfortable with looters. It is thus imperative that Mt Kenya alliances speak in one voice: End corruption, and some dishonorableMPs stop insulting Raila for doing what the majority of Kenyans are happy with. The war on impunity of all kinds is a truly holy war, which cannot be won only by the President, Raila and relevant government institutions. All Kenyans, who wish this country well, have to join in by not only condemning it but also exposing those hell bent on destroying Kenya for selfish gain.
The writer is a former Tigania West MP and vied for governor last year