By Watchdog reporter
A friend of Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga has likened the CORD boss to a barren woman.
Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula who is challenging Raila for CORD presidential candidate, said he will not apologise for likening his friend to a barren woman.
Wetangula who heads the CORD member party The Ford Kenya together with Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka said Raila was a childless woman after failing to secure the presidency in three unsuccessful attempts.
The man from Bungoma, one of the most populous parts of Kenya instead asked Raila to support him for the 2017 presidential race saying he was best man for the job.
Wetangula’s comments however have angered Luo elders, a community Raila hails from, a regarded as a hero. They demanded that the Bungoma Senator retracts the statement and offers an apology.
“He should apologise. Odinga is not a woman who cannot conceive as he suggested. We all know what happened to Odinga in 2017 and 2013. His election was stolen and even Jubilee knows that. We are displeased with Wetangula’s analogy,” said the Luo elders chairman Willis Otondi on Monday, October 10, according to tuko.co.ke website.
However, Wetangula’s allies have ruled out any apology for Raila.
But the senator through his allies; MPs Chris Wamalwa and Ferdinard Wanyonyi, said he will not offer any apology as demanded by Luo Elders, the Nation reports.
“The council should not expect an apology from Senator Wetangula just because they mistook his use of figurative language for an abuse,” Chris Wamalwa was quoted by The Daily Nation newspaper on Wednesday, October 12.
Wetangula, Raila and Kalonzo who are partners in CORD are all fighting to be made the coalition’s flag bearer.
But cracks have emerged as each partner has now launched individual party campaigns instead of going it as a team.