, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 27 – Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has hailed Makueni County voters for electing CORD’s Mutula Kilonzo Junior as their new senator.
Odinga also congratulated the Wiper Democratic Party and CORD leaders for the firm stand that ensured the coalition clinched the seat.
He thanked the youth who poured into Makueni in their thousands to stand with one of their own.
The former PM also thanked Mutula Jr’s sister Kethi Kilonzo for her fight for the Makueni seat, which he indicated was frustrated by the Jubilee coalition, saying it inspired Makueni residents to come out in their thousands to make their intentions known.
“I have just received good news that the Makueni people have elected CORD’s Mutula Junior. I am very happy that the Makueni people have confirmed to the doubting Thomas that they are still ardent supporters and member of the Cord as many majority Kenyans are,” Odinga who is in Texas said.
He said the election of Mutula Jr is a win for the forces of devolution that are determined to ensure all regions of Kenya get a fair share of the national cake out of the taxes they pay.
“I congratulate Junior. I congratulate the Wiper Democratic Party and the CORD fraternity for refusing to budge. This victory shows our future lies in standing together especially in times of trial, and Makueni was a big trial on our resolve and our unity,” Odinga added.
The former Prime Minister spoke during a dinner party organized for him and his entourage that included governors by Kenyans residing in Texas, a head of a two-day summit between the county chief executives and key investors.
This comes as his counterparts in the Coalition of Reforms and Democracy say they were impressed by the work of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in the Makueni by-election.
Wiper Democratic Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka said on Saturday despite the impressive work, the IEBC still needs changes to restore its credibility.
“IEBC are in a hurry to redeem their image, let them continue redeeming their image but as far as we are concerned it’s too little too late,” Musyoka said.
Musyoka wondered how electronic voting worked during the by-election unlike during the General Election in March 2013.
“Yesterday the electronic transmission mechanism seems to have worked very well and one wonders why it did not work during the General Election,” Musyoka said.
On his part, Siaya County senator James Orengo said that this demonstrates that the country can have a free and fare election.
Orengo called on structural changes within the IEBC for future elections.