Raila Odinga’s presidential ambitions got a major boost following an installation as an elder in minority Kuria tribe.
This was during an event presided over by Kuria elders in his Kehancha visit Thursday January 20.
Thee Azimio La Umoja meeting also pooled professionals, opinion leaders and aspirants from Kuria region in Migori.
With the installation Raila hopes to solidify the voting block that accounts for 25 percent of Migori’s 400,000 voters.
In his address, the ODM leader said the Kuria community has been close to his heart.
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Odinga affirmed his bid to work alongside the Kuria community when elected President in August 2022 general elections.
Principal Secretary for State Department for Social Protection Nelson Marwa and Prof Chacha Nyaigoti, also pledged to work together with the former prime minister.
“Kuria community will remain united with others in Migori and Nyanza region and join other Kenyans in call for unity and development without being left out,” Marwa said.
The meeting came days after the deputy president William Ruto pitched a tent in the area holding several rallies in Kuria East and Kuria West constituencies.
The DP was in the company of area legislators Marwa Kitayama (Kuria East) and Mathias Robi (Kuria West)
In the August presidential poll s in 2017, President Uhuru Kenyatta garnered 41,951 votes (65 per cent of the cast votes) while Raila got 21,202 votes (34 per) in Kuria.
In the repeat poll, Uhuru won in both constituencies with 19,587 votes in Kuria West and Raila got 214 votes.
Uhuru also won in the Kuria East constituency with 13,156 votes followed by Raila who got 180 votes.
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