CORD leader Kalonzo Musyoka with Opposition MPs during the burial of Mr Denis Odula, father in-law of Mavoko MP Patrick Makau at Lala Village in Homa Bay town, Friday. PHOTO: JAMES OMORO/STANDARD

CORD leader Kalonzo Musyoka with Opposition MPs during the burial of Mr Denis Odula, father in-law of Mavoko MP Patrick Makau at Lala Village in Homa Bay town, Friday. PHOTO: JAMES OMORO/STANDARD

Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka led more than 10 MPs in condemning what they termed as ?failure by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his government to properly manage affairs of the country?.

Speaking Friday during the burial of Denis Odula, father in-law of Mavoko MP Patrick Makau at Lala village in Homa Bay Town constituency, Kalonzo said the admission by National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich that the country was experiencing a cash crunch was enough proof that all was not well in government.

?The CS in charge of Finance has told the nation that the government has no money to pay teachers. Even electricity in the National Assembly was disconnected because they could not pay the bills. Where does this government take taxpayer money?? posed Kalonzo.

He said the situation had made it difficult for the Jubilee administration to pay workers their salaries, thus increasing suffering among civil servants.

The Wiper Democratic Party leader told President Kenyatta to dissolve the government and leave office on grounds that the state had run short of funds to carry out operations.

?The Jubilee government has failed to execute its mandate. Kenyans need a government responsive to their needs. That is why I am telling Uhuru?s government to pack and go because it has failed to meet its obligations,? Kalonzo said.

ODM Vice Chairman Paul Otuoma said the cash crunch is a threat to the country?s growth.

The Funyula MP argued that failure to pay workers could discourage state officers from delivering crucial services.

WITHHELD SALARIES

?There is no way a government which is serious with economic growth can deny its workers their salaries. The ongoing situation will discourage workers who are charged with the responsibility of enhancing economic growth,? he said.

Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga attributed the financial crisis to corruption. She said the government can operate without hitches if public funds are utilised well. ?There are a number of scandals in this government which must have made it difficult to undertake state obligations,? said Wanga.

Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang? asked Kenyans to vote out Jubilee in 2017.

?The government must pay teachers because they were on a legal strike,? he said.

Kalonzo said forces hoping to divide CORD ahead of the 2017 elections will not succeed.

?There are people who think ODM leader Raila Odinga, Moses Wetang?ula of Ford Kenya and mysleft will part ways. No external force will shake us and we will face the 2017 General Election together,? said Kalonzo.

Fourteen MPs allied to the Opposition attended the function.

By James Omoro, The Standard

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