Busia Governor Paul Otuoma has called on political leaders to respect Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya leader Raila Odinga’s efforts that have held the country together under democratic governance.
Otuoma said without the sacrifices and struggles made by Raila, Kenya would be an unstable and ungovernable country.
Speaking while presiding over the launch of a water purifier Tiji Foundation at Nyawara in Gem Constituency on Sunday, September 25 noted that some leaders who were not part of the struggle for liberation are disrespecting Raila.
“It is baffling that some highly opportunistic leaders who were not a party to the sacrifices and struggle made by Raila to usher the country’s good governance resorted to disrespect the former Prime Minister,” Otuoma said.
Otuoma, who was accompanied by the Patron of the Tiji Foundation Timothy Odende, regretted that those who have hijacked power through the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and Supreme Court have forgotten the struggles Raila went through from his youthful day to ensure unity thrives in Kenya.
“Raila has sacrificed a lot for Kenya to feel better in this era but some Kenyans have forgotten that the fruits they enjoy under the devolved units were Raila’s ideas,” Otuoma stated.
Otuoma says Nyanza, Western leaders ready to protect Raila
Otuma said that even the former South African President the late Nelson Mandela was detained for 27 years but he returned and put the country on its track.
“As leaders from Western and Nyanza, we shall give him the respect he deserves and be ready to consult and protect him from his political attackers,” Otuoma adding that he added.
Otuoma also noted that the devolved system of government which is the “heartbeat” of the new constitution is what will salvage Western and Nyanza people from the socio-economic distresses.
“Even if we failed to get national government positions, we have county governments as the only hope for our people. The funds trickling to the ground from Treasury must be directed on projects and programs that support the public,” Otuoma said.