CALLS FOR UNITY

Ida Odinga relaunches Sibanduki campaign group

It will bring together grassroots groups and complement Raila’s Azimio la Umoja campaigns

In Summary

•Ida said Sibanduki means hard work, good governance, education and health care.

•She called on youths to register as voters and not to be used by politicians to cause chaos.

Sibanduki lobby secretary general John Njuguna, Ida Odinga, Sibanduki chairman Robert Owiti and Nairobi Woman Rep Esther Passaris relaunch the Sibanduki lobby group at Panari Hotel, on February 4.
CALLS FOR UNITY: Sibanduki lobby secretary general John Njuguna, Ida Odinga, Sibanduki chairman Robert Owiti and Nairobi Woman Rep Esther Passaris relaunch the Sibanduki lobby group at Panari Hotel, on February 4.
Image: ANDREW KASUKU

Raila Odinga’s presidential bid got a boost after the relaunch of Sibanduki, a campaign group by his wife Ida Odinga on Friday.

The Sibanduki group, which has eight members and coordinators, was first launched in 2013.

It will bring together various grassroots groups and complement Raila’s Azimio la Umoja campaigns.

Ida said Sibanduki means hard work, good governance, education and health care.

She called on youths to register as voters and not to be used by politicians to cause chaos. Though official registration is over, offices are still open and people can still register. 

“Our future depends on you, take care. Be focused, determined and ready to change our country,” Ida said. 

She called on inclusivity during campaigns.

“Everyone must be empowered irrespective of where they come from, for us to move together,” Ida said.

She addressed women, youths, political leaders and aspirants at the Panari Hotel.

She urged the groups to spread the message of unity, economic empowerment and the need to register as voters.

“We have to end selfishness, corruption and divisions based on class, regions and ethnicity,” Ida said.

“Let’s work together and unite for the sake of our country.” 

A campaign truck that was flagged off by Ida Odinga at Panari Hotel, Nairobi on February 4.
CAMPAIGN: A campaign truck that was flagged off by Ida Odinga at Panari Hotel, Nairobi on February 4.
Image: ANDREW KASUKU

She said Kenya are over dependent on imported products and needs robust institutions that manufacture products for use locally.

“Let's make everything in Kenya and improve our economy,” Ida said.

She was accompanied by Nairobi Woman Rep Esther Passaris, Elizabeth Ongoro, Homa Bay Woman Rep Gladys Wanga and current and hopeful MCAs.

Sibanduki group secretary general John Njuguna said Ida is the epitome of humility, advocates for the rights of women and leadership.

“Sibanduki represents the struggle of good visa vie evil. It will go a long way in improving the lives of the underprivileged who were hopeless,” he said.

“Under Odinga, Kenya would develop and transform economically.”

Ida flagged off two campaign trucks from Mombasa Road into the city’s interior.

Edited by Kiilu Damaris