It was a burial ceremony that brought together the divergent voices of Kenyan politics as President Uhuru Kenyatta led the political elite past and present in paying tribute and a final send-off for one of kenya's gallant soldiers.a later day politician,there was no way politics could have been avoided at the late general mulinge's funeral with the ongoing calls for national dialogue taking centre stage.
Retired President Daniel arap Moi on Saturday publicly differed with the Cord coalition leaders on their push for national dialogue.Moi dismissed dialogue calls as unnecessary. He was speaking during the burial of the late retired General Jackson Kimeu Mulinge in Kathiani, Machakos County on Saturday.Moi said that Cord should take its clamour for dialogue to parliament and raise its concerns there but not insisting on meeting the president.
“Why should somebody keep insisting on a dialogue? Dialogue, what for? If somebody feels that the president was not running the country well, wait for 2017 and then you will tell Kenyans how different you will have handled things if you were the president,” said Moi.Moi said that Saba Saba was to push for multiparty system and now that it happened there should be nobody talking about it again.“Saba Saba ilikuwa ya kunisukuma mimi kukubali mfumo wa vyama vingi na sasa imekua hivo tangu wakati huo sasa kwanini tena mtu aanze kuongea maneno ya saba saba? Hapana tukae hivyo hivyo”, said Moi.The Cord leadership led by Raila Odinga had taken the opportunity to harmer their dialogue agenda to the face of President Uhuru Kenyatta who was in attendance.Raila said that the country was facing a lot of challenges especially on matters of security and insisted that there was need for the president to heed to the opposition’s call for dialogue.
Raila dismissed a possibility of dialogue in the parliament saying that what happens in parliament was pure debate.“You cannot tell us to take our push for dialogue to parliament because what happens in parliament is debate, dialogue involves sitting down and agreeing on some matters and that is what we want”, said Raila.Kalonzo Musyoka said that the alternative to dialogue will be chaos and to avoid this, the Government should bow to the pressure for a national dialogue.“We need to seat down and talk as leaders so that in future the integrity of the vote will be respected and upheld”, said Kalonzo.Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula said that the Government should honour the fallen General Jackson Mulinge by agreeing to the opposition’s call for a national dialogue.President Uhuru Kenyatta avoided the subject when he took to the stage to address the mourners.Uhuru concentrated on eulogizing the fallen Gen. Mulinge as a true patriotic who dedicated his life for a better future of the County. President Uhuru Kenyatta flanked by Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, Former President Daniel Moi, former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and other regional leaders during the burial service of the late Gen Jackson Mulinge at Kathiani Boys High School, Machakos on Saturday .