Opposition chief Raila Odinga on Tuesday (4/07/17) assured members of the Kikuyu community that he has no problem working with them after the General Election.
Citing a similar working relationship in the past including when he supported retired President Mwai Kibaki in 2002, the former Prime Minister indicated he will work closely with the kikuyu should he win the August 8 vote.
“I said Kibaki tosha in 2002. Do you really think that I did not know then that Kibaki was Kikuyu? Even when he was involved in a road accident I took over the responsibility of campaigning for him,” the ODM presidential candidate said.
“I therefore want to tell you today that I Raila Odinga; I am friend to the Kikuyu community. So members of this community are at the heart of our alliance – NASA ( wako ndani, ndani, ndani ya NASA ),” he added.
Earlier, Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu, the Jubilee Party’s candidate for governor in Kiambu, had welcomed Raila’s tour of the county and urged residents to maintain calm during the visit.
Mr Waititu, Thika town MP Alice Ng’ang’a and Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wah, however, directed the ODM leader to apologise for controversial remarks he made on the campaign trail in Kajiado.
“Raila has a right to visit Kiambu. He is indeed welcome and we are calling on our people to maintain peace during his visit.”
“However, we are calling on him to apologise for the remarks he [made] in Kajiado, because they were inciting and caused fear amongst the many Kiambu residents living in Kajiado who now think they will be evicted from their legally acquired properties,” said Mr Ichung’wah.
On Monday, Odinga received 13 defectors, mostly sitting MCAs and aspirants, from Kiambu county.
“Wakati wa mabadiliko ni sasa (It is time for change). NASA will campaign in Kiambu, Muranga and Nyeri since we represent the face of Kenya,” Odinga said when he received the defectors.
He reiterated that NASA is a movement for all Kenyans.