Give Politicians Time, Raila urges
28 February 2012, 09:44
Prime Minister Raila Odinga has requested residents of Nyanza region to give local legislators time to help him market his vision for Kenyans under the new constitutional dispensation.
He wants them to give local Members of parliament room to join campaigns to propagate the development policies the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party intends to implement.
The Premier told Mourners during the burial of Mama Dorcas Chek to excuse and not vindicate local M.P.s during their expected absence in the constituencies when leaders joined his campaign trail ahead of the coming polls.
“You have to let local M.P.s accompany me during my trip to popularize the party to other areas while preaching unity of Kenyans to avert recurrence of the bloodbath that characterised the 2007 post election period.” The premier said.
The Premier made the plea during the burial of Siaya County when he led senior government officials including House Speaker Kenneth Marende to console Rarieda MP Engineer Nicholas Gumbo for the loss of his late mother.
He urged Kenyans to unite and uphold national principles to ensure that the general elections were conducted in a peaceful atmosphere environment to contain the ethnic passions that polarised the country.
The Premier who was accompanied by his Ida Odinga also challenged women to exploit the opportunities the new laws offered in their favour by taking up their place in leadership.
He said the new laws empowered women and asked the communities to promote the education of the girl child to nurture a meaningful society for posterity of the future generations.
Leaders present at the funeral included Cabinet Minister James Orengo, Otieno Kajwang, Wycliff Oparanya and chief Whip Jakoyo Midiwo.
Others were M.P. Otieno Ogindo, Fred Outa, David Were,Edwin Yinda, Oburu Odinga, Eng James Rege, Alfred Khangati, Ekwe Ethuro, John Mbadi and Cyprian Omolo.
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