Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga will today embark on a charm offensive of Makueni County with strong indications that he may be courting governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni) and Kitui’s Charity Ngilu.
Raila’s decision to work with the county chiefs has sent shivers down the spines of Kalonzo and his allies, who have downplayed the scheme as inconsequential.
Raila is expected to meet leaders from Kitui, Machakos and Makueni in Wote town before addressing political rallies in Wote and Emali towns.
“I will sit with delegates from the three counties and use the opportunity to get their ideas. I am looking for partners and not followers,” said Raila, who will be taking his Azimio la Umoja campaign to the region.
Addressing the Kamba community through a local Radio station recently, the ODM leader said he has strategies on how to develop policies that will transform the region.
“I want to tell the Kamba community to stand firm. We have had strong leaders in Ukambani before, the likes of Muindi Mbingu, Paul Ngei, who stood firm as heroes to defend the community.
The Kamba people have space to bring change in this country and that is why I want to work with them,” said Raila during an interview with Mbaitu FM.
Raila has met the three governors two times in the course of this week in planning today’s event. He sought to dismiss the perception that he was using the governors at the expense of Kalonzo, saying he is working with governors and regional leaders from across the country.
“I have worked with Ukambani governors when things were bad and now we are agitating for change together,” he said. Regional leaders in 2017, Raila, who was flying a National Super Alliance ticket with Kalonzo as a running mate, garnered more than 90 per cent of votes from the Southeastern region.
He downplayed the argument that the Ukambani people voted for him because of Kalonzo, the region’s kingpin, expressing confidence that the region will back him in the next election. Raila at the same