Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga has defended himself against claims that he passed over Western Kenya in development deals secured through the handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Addressing residents of Bungoma county at a stopover in Sirisia constituency, Raila said he is not in government arguing that he joined the President in the handshake to save the country from disunity.

“The handshake is not for Raila or for the people of Nyanza, Those saying that Raila has forgotten about Western Kenya after the handshake are spreading propaganda,” the ODM leader said.

Raila was speaking at the funeral of Margaret Nandalwe, the mother of Moses Nandalwe who is the personal assistant to Tana River Governor Dhadho Godhana.

On his part, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya called on the Luhya nation to unite if the region wants to claim a larger piece of the national cake.

“This is our only chance. If we do not unite ahead of next years general elections then we will lack a voice as a community in terms of development and politics,” Oparanya said.

Also present at the funeral was COTU boss Francis Atwoli who cautioned the Western region electorate of politicians with ill motives seeking office.

“When the time comes, I will tell you who to vote for as MPs, even governors because I know of people who are masquerading here with bad intentions,” Atwoli said.

By People Daily

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