Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has told off those opposed to the latest development craze by the government in Nyanza counties.
The ODM leader term the critics as retrogressive, divisive and dishonest.
Raila said leaders should stand up for Kenya and encourage their supporters to fully explore and showcase their potential to contribute to the growth of the nation instead of demonizing other regions.
“The current efforts to demonize the showcasing of such potential will only serve to undermine rather than fire the imagination of other counties and eventually that of the entire nation,” Raila said.
Handshake critics have claimed over the past few days that the goodies unveiled by the President during his visit to the region were meant to hoodwink the region to support his and Raila’s political plans.
But Raila has dismissed claims that Nyanza’s development projects was political tokenism. saying the showcase was in line with the spirit of rotational national events.
“None of the projects launched or mentioned during the Madaraka period are owned by or meant to serve Kisumu county alone. They are meant to, and will serve the entire Kenya nation,” Raila said.
Raila noted that it was unfair for some politicians to portray the Madaraka Day event as a favour to Kisumu county and Nyanza region.
“Odinga finds such talk retrogressive, divisive, dishonest and against the spirit of building one prosperous nation out of its diverse nationalities and regions,” Raila said in a statement by his spokesman Denis Onyango.
The former Prime Minister said the era of setting up communities against one another was long gone, and its proponents live in a country that no longer exists.
“Odinga appeals to leaders to enable and allow Kenyans to imagine an ideal future and hold big dreams for their country instead of standing in their way,” Raila said.