By Osugo Moseti
CORD Leader Raila Odinga will be in Nyatike Constituency, Migori County on Friday to attend the funeral of his spokesperson’s late father. Â Mr. Odinga will bereave Dennis Onyango, whose father passed on early in the week.
The visit to Migori comes after weeks of condemnation of residents of the region after an ugly incident in which President Uhuru was allegedly booed and ‘shoed’.
During the meeting, according to sources close to the former PM, he will most likely return to the booing incident and put it in the right context, as residents maintain they only directed their anger at area governor Okoth Obado, ‘a man not too big to be booed’.
“We booed Obado. It doesn’t matter whether (President) Uhuru was present or not. We will boo him again and again. That’s just how we politick around here,” a resident told this writer.
During the recent Bomas General Assembly of CORD coalition, Odinga hinted that the country need not ‘apologize’ for agitating for good governance, devolution and freedom.
In a speech which paid glowing tribute to Dr. Odhiambo Mbai, the man who effusively pushed for devolution, Raila maintained their (Okoa Kenya) movement is to change segments of the constitution was ‘within the law’.
“We are not in this because we love our government less. We are in this because we love Kenya more. And we are in it within the law for we believe in the rule of law,” said Odinga, adding “so ladies and gentlemen, do not be afraid, do not feel guilty, and do not be apologetic over this journey. We, the people, are acting within the law, in the best interest of our country”.
Local politics will also dominate the funeral as politicians in the region pitch for the referendum. While Governor Okoth Obado has signed the CORD signature books, his close association with the jubilee leadership ‘betrays’ him.
In the larger Migori, several MPs are invisible in the referendum agitation save for Suna East legislator Junet Mohammed. The Suna West counterpart Chief Obiero Ndiege is yet to make a maiden speech in parliament, a dubious distinction of a Luo legislator.
Rongo’s Dalmas Otieno is busy building a lunatic Kalausi assisted by Awendo’s Jared Opiyo. Uriri MP Engineer Kobado is said to be making money via CDF, less concerned with the politics of CORD in general, ODM in particular and, referendum to be specific.