Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga has responded to his political opponents who have branded him as a tribal leader.
The Opposition leader on Friday, July 2, 2021 dismissed those calling him a tribal leader saying he has stood for unity devoid of tribal allegiance.
In his defense, Raila revisited his previous association with retired president Mwai Kibaki during the tenure of the Grand Coalition government saying together they developed economic blue print policies that transformed the country.
The former Prime Minister was speaking in Kieni, Nyeri County where he attended the burial ceremony of Esther Ngonyo, a mother of former Thika Town Mayor Mumbi Ng’aru.
“Niliangalia Kibaki alikuwa na experience ya kutosha wakati ule…wengine wanasema ati Raila hataki Wakikuyu, wakati nilikuwa nasema Kibaki tosha, sikujua yeye ni Mkikuyu? Nilikuwa nafikiri yeye ni Mjaluo ama Mluhya?” Raila posed.
“Nilikuwa najua yeye ni Mkikuyu…lakini nikasema Wakikuyu ni Wakenya, kama Mkenya mwingine tu.” He added.
The former Prime Minister who since the handshake has been a welcome guest in the Mt. Kenya region also dismissed the Deputy President William Ruto’s hustler nation politics adding that his support for President Uhuru Kenyatta through the handshake has resulted in peace in the country.
“Tuko na mpango ya kutosha ya kuboresha maisha katika taifa letu, kuanzia mama mboga mpaka vijana mpaka kila mahali…tunasema comprehensive economic development program, tulete mapinduzi ya kiuchumi, na inawezekana,” Raila stated.
Raila further expressed his confidence that the court of Appeal will rule in the favour of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill that was ruled unconstitutional by a five-bench-Judges from the High court.
“Mahakama wametupeleka kwa half time, lakini itarudi. Nobody can stop reggae” Raila said.