Raila cautions leaders against dividing country along tribal lines
10 July 2016, 04:55
Vihiga - Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leader Raila Odinga has warned leaders sowing seeds of discord amongst Kenyans along tribal lines.
Raila said disuniting communities for political gain amounts to enslaving them.
"Sowing the poison of disunity on our people on tribal basis will not help Kenya heal our problems as a country now," he remarked.
He added, "We want our people to unite because unity is strength."
He spoke at Maseno Mission in Emabungo ward, Vihiga County, during the requiem mass for veteran educationist Paul Oywaya Sitati.
He was accompanied by Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong'o and nominated MCA Ben Ombima.
Last week, Raila saw his ODM party loyalist and Secretary General Ababu Namwamba resign from his position citing frustrations.
Also, ODM vice chairperson and Funyula MP Paul Otuoma resigned from his position.
Raila said a section of leaders were working hard to see the country divided on tribal lines.
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"We want to build a Kenya that is all inclusive and not just for a particular people or a particular region," he said.
The Opposition leader noted that things will not be the same after his scheduled tour of Western Region starting July 18, to meet leaders at grassroots level.
"That is when we will talk politics," he said.
He urged leaders to strive and live their lives while fighting the country's key problems that include sickness, poverty, illiteracy and bad leadership.
"When one dies, his goodness while still alive will be measured on how he fought those vices," he said.
Raila and other leaders avoided talking about leaders who had announced their resignation from ODM.
Nyong'o said that Nyanza and Western regions have coexisted and attempting to disunite them through any means is unwelcome.
Ombima urged residents to desist the people coming to the region while preaching disunity.
"This region being a CORD zone, Jubilee has embarked on creating smaller parties to distract the residents," he said.
He said the exercise will not be achieved as they were firmly on ground to spread a better agenda to Kenyans.
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