By ALLAN TAWAI
Machakos governor Dr. Alfred Mutua has asked leaders of the opposition to preach peace ahead of the planned swearing-in of National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga, terming the swearing in as planting of seeds of civil war that could plunge the country into another Somalia or Sudan.
According to Mutua, Kenyans needs leaders who are out to unite Kenyans and not preachers of hatred.
“We want peace and not violence. We want to attend weddings and baby showers and not funerals. We want our lives back from these leaders who have been playing with them. We want to be given respect and not seen as children of a Shithole land,” he said.
While addressing a press conference held at Machakos on Friday morning, the county boss expressed concern over the scheduled swearing-in of NASA principals Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka terming it a recipe for chaos.
“This talk of two presidents is bad for our country. We are going to have another shithole country,” Dr. Mutua said.
The governor said Kenyans should begin questioning themselves where they are heading to as a people.
Flanked by his deputy, Francis Maliti and the party’s branch chairman, Timothy Kilonzo, Mutua warned that the much-hyped swearing in by NASA could spark civil war and consequently scare away investors from the country.
“It is unfortunate that those pushing for the swearing in of Raila and Kalonzo are politicians who have amassed wealth unlike millions of vulnerable and poor Kenyans,” said the governor.
He said the swearing-in plan was the planting of seeds of civil war that could plunge the country into another Somalia or Sudan.
“I urge our friends to please forget about these shenanigans and work towards developing our country,” he said. “Our neighbors who love us are telling us, come on men, can’t you learn from what we have gone through.”
The governor’s sentiments come when NASA has insisted that the swearing-in plan of the former vice president is still on and slated to take place in three days’ time.
NASA leaders have maintained that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto are holding their positions illegally and henceforth, vowed to fight electoral injustices.
The plan to swear in Raila has continued to elicit mixed reactions from different factions including the international community.
Foreign nations have asked Raila and Former Vice President Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka to abandon their plans to be sworn in for the sake of peace.