Homa Bay did not need Raila
09 December 2014, 16:00
Nairobi - Homa Bay does not need Raila Odinga and area residents are happy that he will not replace Otieno Kajwang as Senator.
The ODM leader said Monday that despite pressure from area leaders and elders, he would not jump into contention for the seat which was vacated by the late Otieno Kajwang who died of cardiac arrest two weeks ago.
And the move was surprisingly met with delight from youth in Homa Bay, who felt that Raila was simply not the right man for them.
" We love Raila. He is our motivation and he is our leader. We respect him. That said we think he is not the man for Homa Bay and we are glad he turned down the offer to become Senator, Ouma Najok," a youth leader in the county told News24.
" Look, he is a national leader. He is not the man to deal with issues at County level. This is not his place," Ouma added.
Isaac Ochieng, leader of a local boda boda operators group says that Raila was first of all not one of them.
" He is not a Homa Bay person and he knows it. So it was good that he turned it down," he said.
And despite calls from local elders and leaders to have Raila come on board, the youth feel that it was more of a decision made out of hysteria than logic.
" It was not logical. He is not a County level officer. That is was a fallacy in the making. If he did it, the Jubilee coalition would have laughed in his face, Okoth Otato, a plumber said.
In his speech, Raila said that his reasoning against taking up the position was to continue rebuilding ODM.
" My job is to rebuild ODM. That is the only thing I can do and will do, he said.
Thankfully it seems.
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