Former Starehe MP, Maina Kamanda, is among 500 Kikuyu elders who traveled to Bondo, Siaya County, to endorse former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s presidential bid in 2022.
In an interview with one of the local dailies, Kamanda said the Kikuyu community is ready for a Raila presidency “more than ever”
Kamanda said Raila’s father Jaramogi, was very loyal to late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta until the young Turk’s revolution disrupted the succession plan.
“The divisions are now behind us. As a community, we are ready for Raila’s candidature as a good gesture for the support his father gave our son Jomo before and after Independence,” Kamanda said.
Kamanda’s sentiments were also echoed by National Assembly Majority Whip Maoka Maore, who said Raila has an impeccable development and anti-graft record that can protect President Uhuru Kenyatta’s legacy projects after he retires.
Drama ensued on Saturday afternoon at the home of ODM leader Raila Odinga in Bondo after a delegation of Kikuyu elders fought over payment advanced by the ODM leader.
Nairobi mini Bloggers Sources intimate that the Kikuyu elders who had made the historic trip to Bondo allegedly to endorse Raila’s 2022 Presidential bid, protested the amount of money they received saying it’s not what they agreed on.
The elders were reportedly given 1200 shilling as opposed to the Sh 5000 they were promised before they boarded the buses, leading to the ugly confrontation that marred the much-publicized coronation.
“Raila has never killed anyone or stolen from anyone. I don’t understand where the bitterness of ‘don’t sell Raila to us’ comes from,” he said.
Maore said the President’s backyard will overwhelmingly vote for Raila if he vies because “he is the right man to succeed Uhuru”.