Obado to Raila: You can take your family to streets for demos
By Peter Ochieng
A section of leaders in Luo Nyanza have reacted to the announcement by Azimio La Umoja One Kenya leader Raila Odinga, that he will hold ‘public consultations’ on December 7 and 12 at Kamkunji grounds in Nairobi, over what he termed as ‘a wrong turn’ the country has taken under President William Ruto.
Odinga said that if no action is taken now, the country may slide back to the dark days of dictatorship.
“We wish to remind Mr. Ruto that this country has had a system like the one he is trying to reinvent. We fought that system, we brought down that system. We will do so to the one he is inventing now. We will bring it down,” said Odinga in a statement on Friday.
Speaking in Suna West, Migori County on Saturday during a relief food distribution exercise, a section of leaders led by former Migori governor Zachary Okoth Obado and Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Information, Communications Technology Eliud Owalo said they will not heed Raila’s ‘call for protests.’
“As a Luo community, we want to tell Raila we will not support his mass action calls. He can take his family on the street. We want to avoid unnecessary deaths that have seen innocent blood being shed in streets,” the former governor said, as quoted by the Star.
Owalo said it is time to work, not to engage in politics.
“Politics is over and as a government, we will work for all Kenyans irrespective of how they voted as hunger, economy, employment and development opportunities cut across all Kenyans.”
They vowed to support all leaders elected on August 09, 2022, among them President William Ruto, to ensure they deliver on their mandate to Kenyans.
Luo Nyanza region comprises of four counties: Siaya, Kisumu, Homabay and Migori. Odinga enjoys a near fanatical following in the four electoral areas.
Owalo and Raymond Omollo, are the high-ranking officials from the region serving in Ruto’s administration.