Lessons learnt by Raila in week long western tour
23 July 2016, 09:11
Nairobi - We have a problem in ODM, Raila Odinga admits.
The opposition leader finished a week long tour of western Kenya on Friday which saw him traverse the western Counties to try cool down supporters after a tumultuous few weeks in the party which have seen a number of senior Luhya leaders quit.
And despite some successes on the road, he admits that things are not all too rosy.
He has told his advisers and aides that there is still lots of work to be done to secure what is now a fractious Luhya vote.
" Raila knows that there is a problem and he is aware but for now he has done his best and we leave the rest to time and more effort," he stated.
ODM chairman John Mbadi stated that the tour was a success.
" It was a week long tour and the objectives set out in the first place were all achieved," he told News24.
Another source close to the CORD leader sated that he would try bring back those MPs who have dissented in the recent past, including Budalang'i MP Ababu Namwamba and his Funyula counterpart Paul Otuoma so as not to look like he is breaking up the party.
" He knows and accepts that there is need to reconcile and unify the party and getting rid of some members will not help," the source added.
As far as his strategy going forward, more rallies and meetings are planned.
" The key is to ensure that there is more talk and action. There will be alot of ODM speak in western Kenya for the next year because the opportunity to make things right is there but must not be taken for granted," another aide added.
Raila will now shift his focus to the Gusii region, which is another stronghold facing similar problems to the ones in Luhya Kenya.
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