National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has accused ODM leader Raila Odinga of lying that he designed Thika Superhighway.
Speaking during his rally at Thika Stadium over the weekend, Odinga reiterated that the Sh32 billion dual carriageway was his brainchild, adding that he fast-tracked its construction during the grand coalition government between him and former president Mwai Kibaki.
“They would fight me for demolishing houses to pave way for construction of the Superhighway which is still there to date. I have delivered for this nation and I will do even more when I become president,” said Odinga.
Muturi, who has declared intention to run for president in this year’s elections, challenged Raila to produce evidence that he was the brain behind the 50-kilometer road.
“There are leaders who only give history saying ‘mimi ndo nilichora Thika highway’, so what? I can challenge you, if you go to the ministry, you will not find his signature. Stop lying to us and tell the people what you will do,” said Muturi.
Muturi also warned Kenyans against electing leaders who can damage the country’s unity, citing remarks made at Deputy President William Ruto’s rally in Eldoret two weeks ago.
“Madoadoa’ word was even at The Hague. Avoid leaders who are using bad language and spreading hate speech while selling their manifesto. Recent incitement like the ‘Madoadoa’ remarks in Uasin Gishu will take us back to our tribal inclination. We agreed we forgive each other but not forget,” he said.
Muturi, who was speaking in Gatundu South in Kiambu, maintained that he is still in the presidential race.
“I’m still in the race with a party that isn’t tribal. Democratic Party accommodates everyone. There are rumors that the party is tribal. The same party gave us president Kibaki. The same president who appointed you [Ruto] as minister for Agriculture so stop saying it’s tribal,” he said.