Raila Odinga Given a Heroic Welcome in Kisumu Despite Handshake Jitters

Raila Odinga is indeed the undisputed King of Luo Nyanza Politics. Search for a heir to his throne have so far proven futile with the Luo Nation still not in a position to field someone that can wield so  much influence like the Enigma has done in the many years he has been in Politics.

Raila breaths, walks and talks politics. This is a man that always finds a way to calm down even some of his most irate supporters.

The March 9th handshake between Raila and Uhuru was seen by many of his supporters as a betrayal to their quest for a better leadership. The people of Kisumu too were not left behind with residents of the lakeside city airing their dissatisfaction to the truce.

Raila was however able to calm them down and convince them that the handshake was the way to go.

He again visited the city today to meet with Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o after which he attended a consultative meeting with ODM Party officials on matters relating to the upcoming Universal Healthcare Coverage launch in Kisumu by President Kenyatta.

After the meetings, Raila addressed the residents of Kisumu’s Posta Grounds. The large crowd gave him a heroic welcome with many of them showing great signs of already moving on following the tense 2017 general elections.

Uhuru will be in Kisumu to launch the piloting of Universal Healthcare Coverage, part of his Big Four Agenda.

This will be Uhuru’s first visit to the region since the now famous March 9th Handshake between him and Opposition Chief Raila Odinga.

The government will spend Sh3.9 billion to pilot the programme in Kisumu, Nyeri, Isiolo and Machakos counties.

The projects will establish the capacity of NHIF and improve infrastructure before the programme is rolled out countrywide.

Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o said the county is well prepared to host the President.

Muhoroni MP Onyango Koyoo called on President Kenyatta to revive collapsed sugar industries, saying the livelihood of millions of Kenyans depends on the sector.

He said Uhuru should also launch the construction of Muhoroni-Mamboleo C674 road, formerly the C34, which is a key road to Kisumu, Nandi and neighbouring counties. Other leaders welcoming Uhuru include Nyando MP Jared Okello, Kisumu Central MP Fred Outa and Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga.

Can the Luo Nation Produce another leader of Raila’s calibre?

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