President Uhuru Kenyatta’s quest to retain his seat in 2017 has suffered a major blow after elders from the Rift Valley said they will support Raila Odinga for president.
The elders drawn from a number of counties in the vote rich Rift Valley joined with their counterparts from other counties in the Nyanza region to drum support for the opposition leader.
Meeting in Kisumu on Thursday, December 29, 70 elders from Kisumu, Siaya, Migori, Homa Bay, Kisii, Nyamira, Kericho, Bomet, Nandi and Narok counties said they would rally their people to vote for Raila in 2017.
According to Kipsigis Council of Elders secretary Edwin Kimetto, this was because Raila has been championing for their well-being when the Jubilee government seems to have neglected them.
“This is due to Raila’s relentless support to the protection of the Mau water tower and his move to have the Sh38 billion controversial Itare dam project stopped,” Kimetto said as quoted by Nation.
He added that they have already planned a mega rally in Kericho county come January 7, 2017, and Raila will be among those to attend.
Raila has castigated the government for constructing the Itare dam in Mau area as he believes it will lead to the drying of more than eight rivers in other counties, including the Mara River.
The government has, however, dismissed his criticism.
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