By Makaki Siso
Word making rounds has it that Rosemary Odinga may not vie for Kibra MP. Reliable sources indicate that Luo Elders and CORD leaders have cautioned the former premier against imposing his daughter on the people of Kibra. In order to protect Raila’s image, the elders have advised Raila not to vie for presidency the same time his daughter is running for MP as they’ll appear politically selfish and give their opponents something to talk about.
Today at noon, the Raila held a meeting with his wife mama Ida Odinga together with his daughter Rosemary. In the meeting, it is speculated that Mr. Odinga and Mama Ida were coercing her daughter to throw in the towel for neutral candidates so as to redeem Odinga’s begrimed image.
The move by the Odinga family is said to have been triggered by one of the frontrunners in the race who recently sponsored ads contesting Raila’s relation candidature in Kibra. Mr. Eliud Owalo countenanced that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure by revealing his fears of favoritism during the nomination.
According to political analysts, Owalo knows what is awaiting him since he is the one who was committing the same injustices when he was Raila’s political strategist during the 2013 polls. “Owalo knows that Rosemary is unmatched no matter what. “The fact that she is Odinga’s daughter, gives her the nomination ticket with or without injustice” said Mr. Richard Bosire, a political scientist.
According to Mr. Bosire, Mr. Owalo faces an uphill task during campaigns especially when competing against the King’s daughter. “In fact, his campaigns will be perilous even if he joins a CORD affiliated party” Added Mr. Bosire.