For a while now, the relationship between ODM leader Raila Odinga and Migori governor Okoth Obado has been stormy, to say the least. A video of the former Prime Minister dramatically ejecting the governor from a podium during a Nyanza governors’ conference in Kisumu brought to the fore just how deep-seated issues between the two are. Before this incident, Obado had been seen to be cozying up to the Deputy President, William Ruto, who is Raila Odinga’s bitter rival. All this is compounded by the fact that a push to try and impeach Obado had been carried out by MCAs from ODM.
However, yesterday, while addressing crowds during his tour at the coast, Raila appeared to heap praises on Obado’s administration at the county, in what is still yet to be ascertained as a thawing of relations, or maybe simply just a fleeting mention.
Raila was speaking after the Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho had just finished his speech, and gave a recap of the benefits of devolution. Noting the strides that devolution had made since its establishment, Raila recalled the times he had been at the coast. First in his early years, then later on as a prisoner, when he was detained at Shimo La Tewa. He said that back then, Coast General was not only a dilapidated hospital in a sorry state, but was also actually smelly, and gave out foul odour. He remembered how it was a common sight seeing nurses there and in other public hospitals as well, dozing on their desks, reason being that there was no work that could be performed under the prevailing circumstances since there wasn’t even medicine available.
He said that those criticising devolution didn’t know this sad past of such institutions.
He started counting counties which had seen tremendous growth under devolution, listing a number of ODM led counties such as Mombasa, Kilifi and Busia. However, he finished by mentioning Migori, saying that it was one of the county that had experienced positive growth.