Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party presidential candidate Raila Odinga has strongly criticized President William Ruto for what he says is discrimination in the distribution of positions in the government.
Raila said it was wrong for the president to deny the people of Nyanza opportunities to serve in the Kenya Kwanza government because of his political differences with him.
Speaking on Friday, November 4, in Kigoto Suba during the opening of the Kigoto maize milling plant the former Prime Minister instead dared the Head of State to face him directly instead of starving his people from government opportunities.
“You cannot deny Nyanza people opportunities in the government because you have a problem with Raila. If it is Raila come for me directly. Leave the Nyanza people alone,” Raila said.
While a section of Kenya Kwanza allies praised the list released by the President for consideration and approval by the National Assembly, a section of Kenyans and supporters of ODM leader Raila Odinga have expressed their dissatisfactions over what they term as ‘regional, ethical and gender imbalance.’
According to the list released on Thursday, November 2, President Ruto’s Rift Valle and DP Rigathi Gachagua’s Mt Kenya region was the major beneficiary partying away with almost 50 percent of the slots.
For instance, out of the 51 PSs named by the president, thirteen of the nominees came from President Ruto’s Rift Valley region while 11 others are from Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua’s vote-rich Mt Kenya region
Kivumbi.co.ke has since established that in the appointments, the president rewarded some of his key allies who lost out in the August 9 elections.
Professor Macharia Munene, a historian and a political analyst, said the Head of State was to reward those who supported him in his presidential ambitions when nominating PS to head various State Departments.
“The President had politicians to reward for standing with him, and also to ensure he has people who are supportive of him and his agenda,” Macharia said as quoted by the People Daily.