The Luo Community is tired of being in the opposition after every election year- that is according to a section of Mps.
The 12 politicians led by -Onyango Koyoo (Muhoroni), Walter Owino (Awendo), Anthony Oluoch (Mathare), Jared Okello (Nyando), Olago Aluoch (Kisumu West), Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja) and James Nyikal (Seme)-said it was time for the community to be in government for development. They spoke at St Paul’s Catholic Church in Kisumu West.
Also present were Aduma Owuor (Nyakach), Tom Odege (Nyatike), Jacqueline Oduol (Nominated MP), Rose Nyamunga (nominated Senator), Christine Ombaka (women rep Siaya) and Millie Odhiambo (Mbita)They said the region has been in the past deprived of development by past regimes for being in the opposition for decades.
The legislators, who were hosted by Olago, kicked off a tour of Nyanza region to explain to the community why they support the handshake and the war on corruption.
They will visit the region’s constituencies before winding up in Kisumu town where they will be joined by Kieleweke team.
The MPs faulted those who were opposed to handshake, saying they are behind the politics of exclusion that has seen other regions perceived to be opposition zones sidelined in terms of development by the past regimes.
Owino said Nyanza should be in the government at all cost irrespective of who forms the next government so long as it is not oppressive.
Oluoch said the Luo community is not constitutionally mandated to be in the opposition.
“We cannot be in perpetual war as Luo nation. We have been in perpetual isolation for 50 years. Let others also oppose the government,” he said.
Okello said they have come together as Luo MPs to support the handshake and war on corruption for government and proper governance.
He noted that unity pact has since helped in the reconciliation process following the 2017 volatile election politics.
Nyikal dismissed the claim by a section of Kenyans that Raila has abandoned the opposition role. He told off those who have been criticizing Raila for abandoning the opposition and asked them to also take over the mantle and spearhead opposition politics.
“We been in opposition and the plan is to work with the government to for our region to benefits from the government-sponsored development project,” Nyikal said.
Nyikal, who chairs Kisumu county parliamentary group, added that the region cannot continuously oppose the government.
Olago Aluoch who hosted the delegation called for the completion of SGR saying it would open up Kisumu as the regional economic hub.He told the government not to abandon the SGR project. “The old railway should be revamped,” he said.
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