Former Kiambu governor William Kabogo has weighed in on the visit that a group of Kikuyu elders made to the rural home of the Orange Democratic Movement ODM party leader Raila Odinga on Saturday.
Speaking on Sunday on the Royal Media Services-owned Inooro Television, Mr. William Kabogo was of the view that the people who visited the former prime minister at his Opoda Farm deceived him. He described the visit as a shameful one.
“Raila Odinga is being lied to by those who visited him. It was a shame to see elders of the Agikuyu community taking Soda and bread instead of meat, ” William Kabogo said. (Raila Odinga nĩ kũhenio arahenio nĩ arĩa marekinyĩtie, ũrarĩ undu wa thoni kuona athuri a Gikuyu makĩrĩa soda na mugate handu ha nyama)
The former governor William Kabogo went on to say that the Agikuyu community has never allowed itself to have ahead of state-imposed on it. He cited the year 2002 when Uhuru Kenyatta was rejected by the community when he ran for the top seat on a Kenya African National Union KANU party.
That election was won by the then National Rainbow Coalition candidate Mwai Kibaki who won massively.
Raila Odinga described the visit by the Mount Kenya elders as the making of a friendship. He said that it was his honor and that of his wife Ida to host the Agikuyu delegation. Among those who accompanied the elders was the Ministry of Education chief administrative secretary Zack Kinuthia.
Speaking on Sunday, a day after hosting the Agikuyu delegation, the former prime minister denied that he had been endorsed for the presidency.
He has remained tight-lipped about another presidential run, saying that he will make his 2022 plans public after a referendum on the Building Bridges Initiative BBI, a brainchild of President Uhuru Kenyatta and himself, following the 2018 handshake on the steps of Harambee House.