Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is currently in a tour of Western Province. He is trying to mend fences after the fallout with some members of parliament from the region. From 2007 the Mulembe brothers have supported him dearly in elections.
On Monday the 18th July, he began his tour of Vihiga after being in Ugunja, Ugenya, during the weekend. Vihiga is the home county to former Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi. Mudavadi was also the Deputy party leader while in ODM.
Raila booed in vihiga
In a location in Vihiga, called Mudete he was booed by supporters of the then his deputy. They carried placards written Musalia for president in the next general election. Other people also communicated to him indirectly and asked him to support Musalia Mudavadi for the presidency next year.
Roadside shows were varied as some were praising the ODM leader and some the ANC leader. When his security team tried to stop the noisemakers, the operation became futile and led to the destroying of posters and banners.
As if that was not enough, Raila was forced to end his speech and leave the area which was his sixth stop.
Leaders from the Western region have been asking Cord and Jubilee to stop deluding the locals into voting them in next year’s general election. They feel they have supported other leaders for long and it becomes their turn to be supported.
It is not yet clear if Hon. Odinga will manage to cool the storms that have been built across the region after the departure of Ababu Namwamba. On Sunday honorable Ruto alleged that Namwamba will be joining the Jubilee Party, a claim that Namwamba has dismissed till now.
Political analysts are waiting to see if he will be welcomed in Funyula and Busia county hen he visits the region. From Busia, two members of parliament have shown dissatisfaction with the party. They are Ababu who was secretary general and Funyula MP Paul Otuoma, who was the deputy party chairman.