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Elders warn against premature campaigns to succeed Raila Odinga as opposition chief

Elders warn against premature campaigns to succeed Raila Odinga as opposition chief

Siaya

Friday April 5, 2024

KNA by Philip Onyango

The Luo council of elders’ officials from Siaya have termed as premature and inconsequential the on-going debate over who was the right person to succeed former prime minister, Raila Odinga as the chairman of the opposition party, Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

And the elders are calling on politicians to immediately put to a stop the debate that they noted risked polarising not only the community but the nation at large.

Addressing the media at a hotel in Siaya after a joint meeting with ODM officials from Siaya county, the elders, led by the Siaya branch chairman, Richard Okoth Otieno said continued debate over the issue was not good for the former premier’s quest to become the Africa union commission chairman.

Mzee Okoth called on politicians, especially those from Nyanza to tone down and stop banding names with each other as they jostle for positions in the ODM party.

Luo council of elders’ national organising secretary, Vitalis Awandu Ondewe said Raila Odinga was not about to quit politics and has said so on several occasions.

The council treasurer, Pamela Kojiro urged political leaders to put their energy in serving the public and delivering on their mandates.

She said that the leaders must preach unity and embrace each other if the country is to develop.

The national vice chairman of the Luo council of elders, Mzee James Ayaga said jostling for power and verbal war amongst top ODM officials will only give the party’s opponents an opportunity to infiltrate and destroy the party.

Ayaga said there was need for members of the Luo community to learn to sort out their differences quietly.

Courtesy; KNA

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