In Summary
  • At the homecoming party of Nyatike MP Tom Odege, a stern Mr Odinga described this change as "very fundamental" to Kenyans.
  • Mr Odinga further said he will not be deterred in his efforts to fight corruption as he does not fear since God is on his side.
  • He added that at the end of what he and President Kenyatta started after the disputed 2017 poll, Kenyans will have something to rejoice about.
  • Mr Odinga and Okoth Obado excited Nyatike residents when they arrived together to attend the homecoming party.

Politician Raila Odinga on Friday told Kenyans to brace for massive changes ahead of the 2022 general election and warned that those who try to resist it will be consumed by a raging tide.

At the homecoming party of Nyatike MP Tom Odege, a stern Mr Odinga, who is leader of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), described this change as "very fundamental" to Kenyans.

“You cannot resist change. If you try to, it will overwhelm you. An idea whose time has come cannot be stopped," he said at Nyatike grounds.

While vowing not to be intimidated, he said he will deal with emerging issues without fear or pain for a better Kenya.

HANDSHAKE

Mr Odinga further said he will not be deterred in his efforts to fight corruption as he does not fear since God is on his side.

He added that at the end of what he and President Kenyatta started after the disputed 2017 poll, Kenyans will have something to rejoice about.

He was referring to the historic March 9, 2018 handshake and the Building Bridges Initiative which they initiated as part of efforts to unite Kenyans.

"Some people like calling me a witch and say I use lots of proverbs while talking. Yes, I am a doctor because President Uhuru Kenyatta and I are trying to heal what has been ailing this country," he said.

This was in reference to DP Ruto who has been accusing him of trying to stop his 2022 presidential bid.

“2022 is going to come and Kenyans are going to deal with it. We are dealing with Kenya now and we are determined to heal the 2017 political and electoral wounds," Mr Odinga added.

OBADO FACTOR

Mr Odinga and Okoth Obado excited Nyatike residents when they arrived together to attend the homecoming party.

It was the first time that the Orange Democratic Movement leader (ODM) and Migori governor were sharing a podium since the latter was charged with the murder of his girlfriend Sharon Otieno.

At the occasion, they shared a light moment with other leaders as they danced to Luo music.

There was bad blood between Mr Odinga and Mr Obado since the governor was seen as courting Deputy President William Ruto after the 2017 general elections.

During the Migori Senator by-elections, Mr Odinga toured the county to drum up support for ODM candidate Ochillo Ayacko, who won the race.

Mr Obado, however, was seen as supporting Eddy Oketch (FPK), who was said to be Dr Ruto’s project.

But DP Ruto once said he did not care what the public thought of his relationship with Governor Obado and that he would work with him and Mr Odinga as well, for the sake of development.

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