Raila Odinga says election losers will be accommodated in his gov't
ODM leader Raila Odinga has assured poll losers under the Azimio la Umoja umbrella that they will be accommodated in his government, imploring them not to leave the movement and join their opponents.
Speaking during a series of meetings held with Northern Kenya leaders under the Upya movement and a delegation from Kilifi County on Wednesday, Odinga assured all aspirants that the nominations will be transparent and that talks will be held between the affiliate parties.
Odinga moved in to mediate a possible fallout in the Azimio la Umoja family arising from the looming nominations and the subsequent general election so as to settle on areas where other constituent parties will not be allowed to field candidates.
“We want to create an accommodative society which brings everyone together. There will be opportunities for everybody. We must have a win-win situation,” he said.
“If you are not elected as MP or Governor there will be a position for you moving forward. Let’s remain in the movement, don’t run away and join our enemies.”
Odinga continued to solidify his support base as he sought partnerships with community leaders from different regions.
During a second meeting with a delegation from Kilifi County that pledged to support his State House bid, Odinga addressed yet another elephant in the room; whether constituent political parties in the Azimio la Umoja umbrella will field candidates against each other.
The ODM leader revealed that they were considering zoning out areas for each party.
“Eneo zingine zitakuwa za ODM pekee yake, eneo zingine zitakuwa za jubilee, zingine tutafanya mchujo pamoja alafu tutakubaliana kama ODM imepita ni ODM na Jubilee wote watapigia huyo wa ODM kama ni Jubilee, hivo hivo,” he explained.
“Tunataka tuwe na MCA wengi, wabunge, maseneta, magavana ndio tuweze kutawala sawa sawa.”
Similarly, the former premier promised to resolve the historical issues that have over the years impeded development in the Northern part of Kenya saying it was time the region played an active role in decision making.
“We know issues of education, infrastructure, livestock water, health and security…these are critical issues that need to be dealt with,” Odinga said.
Samburu MP Naisula Lesuuda and National Treasury CS Ukur Yatani seconded Odinga’s remarks saying that they would mobilize all the region leaders under Azimio.
“This time when you have the raia and elected leaders nini itatushinda kama Azimio?” Posed Lessuda.
Yatani added: “We want to deliver all MPs, governors, MCAs, so that it will be your government headed by your people and the people that voted for you.”
The leaders pledged their support for Odinga’s State House bid vowing to vote as a block.
Isiolo Senator Fatuma Dullo also vowed to unite the region and rally behind Odinga in his presidential bid.
“Sisi tumekaa chini kama wafugaji tukasema this time round we can’t be in the cold…this time round we must be at the high table where decisions are made, we have been second class citizens, leo tumejipanga,” she said.
Wajir Woman Rep Fatuma Gedi on her part said: ”Tumeongea mengi lakini ile Baba anataka twendeni ground we register our people in big numbers, silaha ni kura, tukiwa na kura tutamsaidia.”