Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga under fire after trying to lecture Raila in public

ODM leader Raila Odinga seated next to Governor Mutahi Kahiga in Nyeri on Friday, November 26, 2011. PHOTO| COURTESY

  • The Nyeri Governor called upon the former premier to focus on wooing his supporters with his development agenda instead of narrating history.
  • Jubilee nominated Member of parliament Maina Kamanda was quick to dismiss the governor’s remarks saying that they cannot forget the history that binds the country together.

Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga was on Friday criticised by Mt. Kenya leaders after he attempted to dictate what ODM leader Raila Odinga should speak about during a meeting at Kabiruini grounds in Nyeri County. 

Speaking at the event, Governor Kahiga told leaders to stop commenting about historical events and went ahead to demand that Mr. Odinga talks about what he would do for the Mt. Kenya region if elected president.

The Nyeri Governor called upon the former premier to focus on wooing his supporters with his development agenda instead of narrating history.

"Tafadhali msidanganywe na maneno ya historia... It is not time to talk about history it is time to talk about where we are going. Tunataka tuongee maneno ambayo yanawafurahisha wananchi," said Kahiga.

He added: "Wanataka kusikia what is there in your government for them. We have listened to the history na tunajua, but we want to know ukipewa serikali what do you want to offer us for our votes?"

Jubilee nominated Member of parliament Maina Kamanda was quick to dismiss the governor’s remarks saying that they cannot forget the history that binds the country together.

“Wewe Governor Kahiga ni Rafiki yangu; mambo ya historia ni lazima tusome. Kama hujui historia basi utakuwa mjinga miaka yote. Ni lazima historia isomwe ndio tujue tumetoka wapi kama Kenya,” Kamanda stated.

Similarly, Sabina Chege disapproved of the governor's words saying that Odinga cannot be forgotten in the country’s history owing to his fight for multiparty democracy in the nation.

“Hio maneno ya historia ambayo tumeambiwa hapa siku ya leo... you (Raila) are on the record; wewe do umepigania democracy katika nchi ya Kenya, wewe ndio umejitolea mpaka tukakua na new constitution,” Sabina Chege said.

She added: “Tunataka kukuhakikishia kuwa tutakushikilia kama vile umeshikilia Mzee Kibaki.” 

Senator Orengo echoed the two leaders saying that Kenya's history is the foundation of what the country is today.

“Hio historia ilianza hapa Nyeri na hatuwezi kusahau. We don’t want serikali ya kupewa tena. Agikuyu wanafanya biashara kwa sababu ya historia ya wao kunyang’anywa mashamba,” Senator Orengo stated.

In his address, Mr. Odinga reiterated that it is important to look at history in order to learn from past mistakes and have a sense of direction.

“Ni mpaka tujue tumetoka wapi, tuko wapi na tunaelekea wapi. Kama hujui kule unaenda, barabara zote zitakupeleka huko. Hatutaki kurudia makosa ambayo tumefanya hapo mwanzo ndiposa tuliungana na Uhuru na kuzungumza ili kuikomboa Kenya," said Odinga.

Odinga recognized the region as the home of most freedom fighters, citing the likes of Paul Ngei, Tom Mboya and Jomo Kenyatta.

The ODM leader is expected to continue with his tour of Nyeri County on Saturday.