Raila is Evil, Says Minister

By the Nairobi Star Daily, 26 November 2008. Posted to AllAfrica.com on 25 November 2008

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Transport minister Chirau Makwere has accused Prime Minister Raila Odinga of being evil and stealing the credit for his achievements, the Nairobi Star has exclusively learnt.

Their thorny relationship was exposed last week when Mwakwere appeared before the Public Investment Committee (PIC). Mwakwere was answering questions about the abrupt cancellation of the tender for a second bulk grain handler at Mombasa port.

Makwere told the PIC that Raila has claimed all the credit for everything he has done in his ministry.

Makwere accused Raila of continuing to interfere in the affairs of his ministry and plotting to block his election in December 2007 by supporting his ODM rival for the Matuga constituency, Hassan Mwanyoha, who he said was funded by Mombasa businessman Mohammed Jaffer.

“Him and the Prime Minister have been evil to me,” Mwakwere told the PIC members. “They have been so evil to me that I am the only Member of Parliament in whose constituency the Prime Minister came with the Pentagon with the sole agenda to ensure the people did not elect me.

Mwakwere also complained to the PIC how Raila had jumped on the open skies deal he had struck with the US government.

“Another time we were in America, for two years I was negotiating with them to bring their aircrafts here- direct flights to Nairobi, either from Miami, Atlanta or wherever,” Mwakwere told the committee.

He noted that the deal was tedious and took two years to negotiate.

Suddenly, Makwere told members, Raila visited the United States in May and claimed he had signed the deal for Kenya.

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