CORD Leader Raila Odinga has told off ODM officials not willing to cooperate with their colleagues in the ongoing voter registration exercise. Mr Odinga said all elected ODM MPs and MCAs should work closely with Governors and Senators in spearheading the exercise which according to him was still below target in opposition strongholds.
Speaking at Oyugis town when he and Governor Cyprian Awiti attended a funds drive for women traders, Mr Odinga cautioned against political bickering over the just concluded party elections.
“I want to see an end to all these bickering over party positions because we have a bigger battle of mobilizing our people to register as voters ahead of the 2017 elections,” said Odinga.
“I don’t want be a general without soldiers. To qualify as my soldier, you must be armed with IDs and be a registered voter,” he added.
Odinga asked Governor Awiti to take a leading role in supervising the voter registration campaign in Homa Bay County and give him regular progress reports. Awiti who had arrived with Mr Odinga from Kisii where they had attended the Kisii Entrepreneurship Summit, said he will ensure Homa Bay registers the highest number of voters in Nyanza.
“We have one big assignment of taking Mr Odinga to State House. Our friends from the Rift valley are willing to join us but they want to ensure we have the votes to win the Presidency. I have spoken to my friend Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto. He told me Kalenjins have no problem with Raila and would support him on the condition that we register 3m voters,” said the governor.
Mr Awiti called for an end to political wrangles in the county saying leaders should embrace tolerance.
The governor accused a clique of leaders whom he said were using the voter registration exercise to mudsling others.
“I have no problem with those salivating for my seat, including those with no proper leadership and education background. But they must stop peddling rumours to win favour from the people,” said the governor.
He told local residents to appreciate the development projects the county government had initiated across the county.
“When we said we had plans to install street lights in Oyugis, some prophets of doom said it was hot air. Now, the street lights are working. When we started tarmacking the Kadongo-Gendia road, the same people claimed we were lying. Now, we have tarmacked 20km of the 33km road,” said the governor