Raila on charm offensive in western amid ODM revolt. - FARMERCIST 254

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Raila on charm offensive in western amid ODM revolt.

IN SUMMARY Mr Odinga said on Monday at the start of his tour of the former Western Province that the Luhya people stand to benefit even more if they stick with him and elect him President in the next general elections. The ODM leader said the Luo and Luhya nations have always been united, noting that his father, the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, worked hand in hand with independence politicians like the late Masinde Muliro. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Cord leader Raila Odinga has told western Kenya residents that he gave the region priority when he served as Prime Minister, denying claims he neglected the Luhya nation. Mr Odinga said on Monday at the start of his tour of the former Western Province that the Luhya people stand to benefit even more if they stick with him and elect him President in the next general elections. Mr Odinga cited Musalia Mudavadi (deputy Prime Minister), Kenneth Marende (Speaker), Paul Otuoma (Fisheries minister), Wycliffe Oparanya (Planning minister), Ababu Namwamba (Sports minister) and assistant ministers Sospeter Ojaamong and George Khaniri as members of the Luhya community he helped get top jobs in the Grand Coalition government. “I did more things for the Western region than for Nyanza during my tenure as a Prime Minister in the grand coalition government,” he said in Vihiga. DIVIDE AND RULE Mr Odinga also indicated that some roads in the area were improved due to his personal initiative. “Vote for me and you will realize more of these developments,” said Mr Odinga, who was accompanied by Kakamega Governor Oparanya, his Siaya counterpart Cornel Rasanga and several Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) MPs. The ODM leader said the Luo and Luhya nations have always been united, noting that his father, the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, worked hand in hand with independence politicians like the late Masinde Muliro. “These people are trying to use the divide and rule method to scuttle our votes,” he told a meeting of party delegates before embarking on roadside rallies across the county. Mr Odinga’s stops caused a huge traffic jam on the busy Kisumu-Kakamega road. He was given a rousing welcome in most of the places except at Mbale, where some residents waved pro-Mudavadi placards. “Vihiga is an ANC Zone,” read some of the placards. JUBILEE ONSLAUGHT Mr Odinga is waging a spirited campaign to maintain his grip on the western Kenya bloc that voted for him in the last election in the face of a strong onslaught from the Jubilee Coalition.

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