KAKAMEGA, Kenya, May 19 – ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga on Thursday afternoon led a strong team of Cabinet Ministers, Assistant Ministers, MPs, councillors and other politicians in drumming up the support for the party\’s Ikolomani candidate in next Monday’s by-election Bernard Masaka Shinali.
Addressing thousands of ODM supporters at Musoli Primary School, the Prime Minister said ODM was the people\’s party and one which has a national outlook compared to the rest. He said ODM was championing for the rights of the people of Kenya and urged the people of Ikolomani to vote for its candidate come Monday next week.
He told off politicians who want to divide the country along tribal lines saying they should be ashamed. ODM is for ideology and character, he added. He said those misleading others on tribal matrices will not succeed.
Mr Odinga said a vote for Mr Shinali was a vote for ODM and a clear demonstration of how things will be in next year\’s general election. He told the people of Western that he was one of their own and that I am for the rebirth of Kenya and nothing else, he said.
The Prime Minister said that next weekend\’s party grassroots elections will be a wakeup call for women and the youth saying that the two groups will have a vital say in the running of the party affairs. He said the youth and women are the voices of the new Kenya and that they should be supported at all times.
Mr Odinga expressed optimism that ODM will clinch the two vacant seats (Kamukunji and Ikolomani) in the Monday 23 by-elections saying Kenyans were ready for change which shall only be brought by ODM.
On his part, Mr Shinali said he was the best person to steer the constituency to the next level. He told the local residents that they should vote for a party that will form the next government so that they may not be left out when the train takes off.
He thanked the government particularly the PM for commissioning the Sigalagala-Butere-Sidindi road which he said was very important for the local population. He said the project had stalled for many years and that Thursday’s commissioning by the Premier was a sign of good things to come.
Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi said the people of Western Province were fully in ODM and urged the electors in Ikolomani to show the love they have for the party and its leadership by voting in Shinali on Monday next week.
He said ODM was the people\’s party and the only one which had a clear vision and policies that are of importance to the Kenyan public.
Others who addressed the gathering were Cabinet Ministers Wycliffe Oparanya and Franklin Bett, Assistant Ministers George Khaniri and Manyala Keya, Members of Parliament Ababu Namwamba, Yusuf Chanzu, Justus Kizito, Alfred Sambu and David Were.
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