Raila gains much needed Maasai leverage with Narok support
03 February 2015, 12:41
Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga has gained in support in Maasai land after showing solidarity with the people of Narok during last week's chaotic events.
The effervescent Raila was on the road Monday to support the family and people of Narok in the funeral of the late Sikona Mundet who died last week in clashes with security authorities during protests over corruption in the County.
He also supported Senator Stephen Ole Ntutu and 4 MPs who were taken to court over the protests by attending the court session.
And in a rally Monday, which was very well attended by area residents, Raila urged the people of the County to not let up in their fight against corruption in honour of the late Mundet.
He also called on the people of Narok to ensure they are not bullied by the government.
And with his actions, it is understood that there are plenty that are willing to shift to the opposition as they feel aggrieved by the government.
" There are very many who are keen to join ODM after the actions of the government in the last week, a source close to the ODM leader told News24.
" The government has acted disorderly in this region in the last week. Instead of supporting the people and fighting corruption, they have chosen to fight the innocent."
" People are unhappy," the source added.
Raila vowed to help the people of Narok fight ills such as corruption and insisted that the government is in the wrong as regards the way they have handled many situations.
" It is unfortunate that the government has chosen to use force against
its own people. We saw the incident where teargas was used against
school children. Now this is a sad one too. Is the government for or
against its own people?," he posed.
Four MPs and area Senator Stephen Ole Ntutu were arrested after the
protests and charged in court for incitement. They were released on a
KES 500,000 bond each.
Thousands of residents protested poor governance in the County, demanding the resignation of their Governor Samuel Ole Tunei.
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