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Raila urged to abandon politics of dominance in Nyanza

17 February 2015, 10:51 Oduor Omondi

Nairobi - A section of Central Kenya legislators have asked CORD Leader, Raila Odinga to set free the people of Luo Nyanza to enable them interact and sample the democracy other Kenyans enjoy.

Kigo Njenga of Gatundu North and his Gichugu counterpart, Njogu Barua claimed that Luo Nyanza has remained a caged community by politics of domination and it is high time they were set free.

The two leaders were speaking when they presided over a harambee in aid of Mwiederi Women Group at Ithareini village, Kirinyaga County over the weekend.

The two said when Raila visits other parts of the country for political purposes or funerals, he is accorded all the due respect and no one has ever thrown objects at him.

"Only last Friday, the CORD leader attended the burial of the former Kabete MP, George Muchai and was warmly received at the ceremony, yet when President Uhuru Kenyatta visited Migori County he was pelted with stones and old shoes thrown at him,’’ lamented Barua.

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The two said it would be incumbent upon Raila to preach peace amongst his people and Kenyans at large if he expects to lead the country by setting the people of his community free.

Barua also took issue with Raila for his recent handpicking of Moses Kajwang' to contest for the Home Bay Senatorial seat at the expense of democracy.

He said although Kajwang won the seat with a landslide, some residents had objected to his handpicked candidature and hence stood against him.

"Am urging my senior and elder brother Raila to let the people of Nyanza go and mix with other Kenyans freely and he will see the positive results the move will produce,’’ Barua said.

Njenga on the other hand said unless Raila shows his people the way, the community risks remaining in the political darkness thinking only their undisputed leader knows democracy.

"We want Kenyans to feel free and safe whenever they visit any corner of the country and any leader worth his salt should be at the forefront in championing peace,’’ he said.

They wondered how the country can become cohesive if a certain community is still politically caged and dominated by a family dynasty.

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