By Paul Mukana
A section of youth leaders from western Kenya affiliated to the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition have mounted up a stout lobby for Raila Odinga’s presidential bid.
Briefing the fourth estate in Webuye town, Bungoma county on Friday, the outspoken youths maintained that it is only Azimio’s presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga who credibly meets the threshold to be Kenya’s 5th C.E.O.
“We are prepared to roll our sleeves and campaign for Raila’s presidential bid.In this election, western Kenya will deliver the highest votes ever,we are certain 85% of the Luhya nation people will vote for Raila.We are telling our opponents to be ready for a heavy defeat,Ruto has no escape route,” the outspoken activist Abukaka Abukaka noted.
Abukaka insisted that only Kakamega governor Wicliffe Oparanya, defence CS Eugene Wamalwa and COTU boss Francis Atwoli are the mandated and legally recognized Luhya political elephants.
The youths poured cold water on the political pact between DP Ruto, ANC’S Musalia Mudavadi and Ford Kenya mogul Moses Wetangula.
According to the youth leaders who hailed from various regions across western Kenya, the Kenya Kwanza Alliance is doomed for defeat.
Besides, they slammed Mudavadi and Wetangula as hypocrites and masters of deceit.
“We are no longer politically led by ANC and Ford Kenya leaders.We believe it is only Raila who can deliver development to Western Kenya voters.Mudavadi and Wetangula can’t tell us Raila is unfit yet they have both supported him twice for the presidency,”Abukaka added.
Abukaka was accompanied by dozens of youths firmly rooted to the Azimio ideology.
Apparently, the top two political alliances are busy jostling for the vote fertile western votes that sum up to over 2 million in bid to clinch power in the August 9 the polls.
Political pundits have opined that the youths will play a tremendous role in determining the elections outcome since a big section of the voters register comprise of youths.
At the same time,the youths allied to Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance from Western have vowed to take the lid off a concerted effort and ostensibly campaign for Raila’s presidential bid.
They want to vigorously traverse the Luhya political space , muddle the voters trust and ensure Azimio mints a reasonable number of elective seats.
“This time round,we mean business,we are going to vote for leaders who have a track record of development.Oparanya has delivered as governor, Wamalwa has done well as a cabinet secretary;We can’t be misled by other people.Those are the leaders we want,” Said Conrad Keya, another spokesperson of the Azimio western youths.
The youths besieged all young men and women across the Luhya community to lobby for a Raila victory.
The western political arena has been dominated by Raila in recent presidential elections.
However, the insurgency envisaged by the emerging of the Kenya Kwanza outfit has threatened to obliterate Raila’s long term dominance in the region.
Lieutenants from both sides of the political divide are busy running errands to galvanize enough Luhya nation votes.
DP Ruto was compelled to call off his 4 day political tour of western on Friday following the death of former president Mwai Kibaki.
It is a battle of Titans that will definitely be endured by only the strongest candidates.