Raila flexes his muscles in massive Homa Bay win
13 February 2015, 13:03
Nairobi - ODM leader Raila Odinga showed he is still boss in Nyanza politics after delivering the unpopular Moses Kajwang to the Senate, a reminder of his political weight.
Odinga, who has seen increased opposition to his leadership in recent times reveled in victory for his candidate and said that he would continue to chaperone the party's young leaders with the view to having a well rounded party in readiness for the 2017 General election.
" This is a big win for the party. I thank the supporters for coming out to vote overwhelmingly for ODM and CORD. I believe that they have made the best choice, he said of the big win.
Further to that, it was a great showing for Kajwang, who will now work to continue the legacy of late brother Otieno Kajwang and build his name in the political setup.
" I thank the people of Homa Bay for voting for me and I promise to perform to the best of my ability, Kajwang said of his win.
The victory though will reassure supporters that Raila still has the verve to lead the party despite recent setbacks.
And it will also put Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, who many consider to be real competition for Raila in the long run, firmly in his place, as an also ran.
" Whoever said ODM was dead or Raila was finished. This result has ended that story," ODM chairman John Mbadi said.
" This is a demonstration that the party is still strong and that Raila is still a leader of choice. We are all very happy," he added.
To complete a fine outing for ODM, was the unity shown by fellow CORD partner parties in the campaign period, with both Wiper Party boss Kalonzo Musyoka and Ford Kenya boss Moses Wetangula showing real solidarity.
" I think the major plus in the election for Raila will be the unity shown by the CORD coalition. You could see both Kalonzo and Wetangula on the campaign trail," political analyst Michael Njenga believes.
" With the Jubilee alliance already consolidating, it is good to see CORD doing the same. Good news all round for Raila.
That new found unity and muscle will definitely be tested in the upcoming by election in Kajiado Central.
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