REFORMIST CREDENTIALS

Give reformist Raila your votes, Oparanya urges Luhyas

Governor tells community to avoid gambling with the country’s leadership; says life will be better with ODM leader at the helm

In Summary

• Oparanya says Raila is the only leader who can revive the economy that is in shambles.

• Barasa said the choice of Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua as Raila's running mate was a master stroke. 

Kakamega ODM governor candidate Fernandes Barasa, Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Barasa's running mate Ayub Savuila at Mwamba market in Lugari
Kakamega ODM governor candidate Fernandes Barasa, Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Barasa's running mate Ayub Savuila at Mwamba market in Lugari
Image: HILTON OTENYO

Azimio flagbearer Raila Odinga is the only presidential candidate who can transform the country, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has said.

He said Raila is a reformist and Kenyans should give him a chance to prove his worth.

Oparanya spoke during a campaign rally at Mwamba market in Lugari constituency on Saturday.

“I know that life will be better if Raila takes power in August. He is the only leader who can revive the economy that is in shambles,” he said.

Oparanya asked Luhyas to avoid gambling with the country’s leadership and vote for Raila to be in the next government.

Kakamega ODM governor candidate Fernandes Barasa said the choice of Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua as Raila's running mate was a master stroke. 

“We are confident that with the women behind Baba [Raila], he will win the race in the morning and Kakamega will deliver votes to him 100 per cent,” he said.

Lugari MP Ayub Savula said Luhya leaders in Kenya Kwanza, led by Musalia Midavadi of ANC and his Ford Kenya counterpart Moses Wetang'ula, were misleading the community.

He said there was nothing for Mudavadi and Wetang'ula in the Kenya Kwanza formation should the alliance win next month.

“Ruto has released his line-up. If his camp wins he will be president, Rigathi Gachagua his deputy and Senator Kindiki Kithure chief minister. What positions will Mudavadi and Wetang'ula get?" Savula posed.

"If Wetang'ula is serious that he would become the National Assembly Speaker, why is he running for Bungoma senator seat?” 

Savula is Barasa's running mate.

Ikolomani MP Bernard Shinali said Luhyas should elect Raila because he has a practical manifesto.

“Raila has promised free ECDE, primary, secondary and university education, free healthcare and establishment of factories. Let us support him so our collapsed factories like Mumias and Pan Paper can be revived to offer jobs to our youths,” he said.

The battle for control of the more than 2.5 million votes in Luhya-dominated counties between Azimio One Kenya and Kenya Kwanza has intensified, with each camp trying to outdo each other.

Oparanya is leading the Azimio campaign in the region for Raila, while the Deputy President's campaigns are headed by Mudavadi and Wetang'ula.

Kakamega is the epicentre of Luhya politics and its control is critical to those seeking the presidency.

Edited by A.N

Lugari MP Ayub Savula, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and ODM governor candidate Fernandes Barasa at Mwamba market on Saturday
Lugari MP Ayub Savula, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and ODM governor candidate Fernandes Barasa at Mwamba market on Saturday
Image: HILTON OTENYO
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