ODM leader Raila Odinga has said he is determined to take forward the country with no ethnic lines.
Raila said it is not the time for the country to be divided into ethnic communities and that we are the reason for his handshake with President Uhuru.
“There is a time that Kenya was almost torn apart because of ethnicity, and I want to ensure we do not go that direction. That is why we came together with President Uhuru Kenyatta to ensure ethnicity is a forgotten issue,” Raila said.
Speaking at Mwongori Secondary School during fundraising, he added that he is ready to take the country forward.
“This country will be an admirable Canaan that we have been talking about, let us all unite and start this journey together, and I promise you, this country will never be the same again,” the ODM leader said.
Leaders who attended the funds’ drive were Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, Defence CS Eugene Wamalwa, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, Health PS Susan Mochache and Infrastructure CAS Chris Obure.
Others were Nyamira governor Amos Nyaribo, Kisii Governor James Ongwae, Nyamira Speaker Moffat Teya, Nyamira Senator Okong’o Omogeni, Borabu MP Ben Momanyi, Woman Representative Jerusha Momanyi, Kitutu Chache South MP Richard Onyonka, His Kitutu Chache counterpart Jimmy Angwenyi, Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati, Solicitor General Ken Ogeto and a host of MCAs.
The leaders called upon the Gusii Community to embrace unity and drum support behind the ODM leader in the next year’s general elections.
Interior CS Fred Matiang’i told off a section of leaders who he said do not have direction and are still in government.
“We see some leaders in this country who seem not to know what they are doing from morning, but in the evening, they act as opposition leaders. I will not be where Uhuru and Raila are not because I am their right hand man. I will not follow wicked people,” said Matiang’i.
Kisii Assembly Speaker David Kimbolton said he is confident in Raila’s presidency following the unity depicted by the region’s leaders.
“With the kind of unity in the region for now, please let us vote in Raila as the fifth president of our country in the next year’s general election, we urge our people not to let us down,” Kombo noted.
Borabu MP Ben Momanyi said this is the moment that the region and the whole country need to support Raila for his statehouse bid.
“We have put everything together as a region, ready for the battle ahead. All we need is our people and the country at large for Raila’s presidency.”
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said there is a need for the people of Mount Kenya and Nyanza to go on with the relationship they have been having since independence.
“It is Raila’s father Jaramogi who said there will be no independence in Kenya if Jomo Kenyatta was not released from detention and it came to pass. Now we should maintain that and by so doing we will have developed in our country,” said Kagwe.
Similar sentiments were echoed by Nyamira governor Amos Nyaribo who said the community has decided to support Raila and urged the community not to follow any other route.
“Some people cannot convince our country to vote them as President simply because they are not visionary and have tainted images that cannot allow them to lead,” Nyaribo said.
Meanwhile, several leaders have continued to outline their manifesto ahead of the next general elections that are scheduled to take place on 9 August 2022.
By Darlington Mose