Kitui south MP Rachael Nyamai on Sunday urged Opposition leader and NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga to quit politics and pave way for a younger generation of leaders to take the country forward.
Ms Nyamai of Jubilee party said Mr Odinga’s time on Kenya’s political scene was over and that he doesn’t have any realistic chance to capture the country’s presidency after numerous failed attempts.
The MP said the Nasa leader was out of touch with the reality of the country citing the National Assembly whose majority composition was members young to be his children.
“We’ve grown up as kids hearing about Raila Odinga. We went to school up to university and now we are doing second term as leaders in parliament and still competing with the same man” Ms Nyamai said.
She said Kenya had already elected a younger president Uhuru Kenyatta in clear generation shift in leadership and that Mr Odinga should have retired with former president Mwai Kibaki.
“We appreciate much he has done as leader but his time is certainly up. Let him retire honorably and let other younger leaders take Kenya forward” Ms Nyamai said at
The MP was drumming support for Mr Kenyatta in Mwingi west constituency where she appealed to the residents to re-elect him for the last term so that he can finish projects he has initiated.
Earlier, Ms Nyamai who was accompanied by former Jubilee party candidate for Mwingi west Mwende Mwinzi joined faithful for prayers for peaceful repeat presidential elections at AIC Kyamboo and later addressed a campaign rally at same market.
The two leaders urged locals to ignore calls by Nasa leaders to boycott the Thursday elections and vote for President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.
They urged Nasa leaders to stop discrediting President Kenyatta’s government and defended the Jubilee administration against claims of bias against Ukambani region.
“Mr Kenyatta had developed all regions in the country equitably regardless of their political affiliation. We have witnessed by many development projects initiated by Jubilee in Ukambani unlike the previous regimes so any claim that the region is getting raw deal are untrue” said Ms Mwinzi.
She said Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu and Wiper MPs were misleading the Kamba community adding the push to boycott the repeat presidential elections was meant to cause confusion and chaos in the country.
“Madam Ngilu nurtured me politically and she is the one who took me to Jubilee in 2013. I don’t know why she broke ranks with my bosses and I cannot be party to whatever disagreement she has with them” Ms Nyamai said.
Last week, Mrs Ngilu has urged Kenyans to boycott the repeat presidential elections scheduled for next week.
The Governor also told the Kamba community to heed the call by National Super Alliance to keep away from the repeat poll and instead focus on agitation for electoral reforms by the opposition leaders.
“Our candidates Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka who were the contenders withdrew from the repeat presidential race, we therefore have no business in that election because we do not have a candidate” said the Governor.
She said the October 26 poll is already a flawed process and that participating in it will amount to legitimizing President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto quest for second term in office.