Raila Odinga’s sister Ruth Odinga has publicly conveyed her displeasure and frustration ahead of the 2022 general election.
Speaking in an aspirants’ meeting on Thursday, October 28, Ruth expressed her concerns towards the people of the Nyanza region stating that they are doing little in making Raila Odinga’s 2022 presidential ambition a reality.
She blamed the people for making Odinga be a loner and being reluctant in boosting his State House bid stating that they have only been talking for far too long.
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“We sit back and we say this time around, we’re clinching the Presidency yet you’re not registering as voters. You are looking at Raila going up and climbing Mount Kenya and suffering going down to Turkana and everywhere, she stated.
The former Kisumu county deputy governor stated that Odinga has been enjoying the support and gaining more people in voter-rich regions to support his bid yet the people from his own region have no votes.
“You’re seeing crowds that are coming from other regions to support him, who are willing to come up and do everything and they have votes. You say Raila is moving closer to becoming the president yet you have no votes,” she stated.
During his Kisumu tour on October 25, 2021, the ODM boss stated he was worried that while the supporters of his opponents were aggressively registering to vote, his own political backyard is reluctant to take part in the exercise.
“When faced with the kind of battle that is ahead of us, it would be ill-advised to remain unprepared. If your opponent is sharpening the knife and you are busy singing and clapping for him, is that a strategy or foolishness?” he stated.
As at Monday, October 25, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had registered a mere 800,462 new voters out of the Commission’s target of 4.5 million.
In the Nyanza region, only 138,697 new voters had turned out for the exercise out of IEBC’s target of 991,456.
The IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati stated that the new voter registration turnout has been extremely low and urged Kenyans to come out and register before the November 2 deadline.
“It’s a very low turnout, I know Kenyans will normally wait until the last minute to come out so your last minute is now,” he stated.