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Kikuyu elders back Raila’s Azimio initiative

By Justus Karanja

Two months after the Kikuyu Council of Elders installed Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party Leader Raila Odinga  (pictured) as a community’s elder and his wife, Ida, as a Kikuyu traditional woman in a ceremony at the historic Kabiruini show grounds in Nyeri County, they have now thrown their weight behind his presidential bid.

In what was dubbed as a mountain meeting the lake event, Raila was made an official Kikuyu elder in November last year by Kikuyu Council of Elders Chairperson Wachira Kiago.

The ODM leader was presented with the official regalia that include clothes and a flywhisk signaling his acceptance as an elder.

Speaking on behalf of the elders, Kiago directed senior politicians including Maina Kamanda (Nominated MP, Nairobi) to negotiate with Raila and ensure community interests are taken care off.

Similarly, the council’s women leader under the leadership of Agnes Kagure performed acceptance rites for Ida.

Ida was also renamed as “Nyawira” and given Kikuyu regalia as women cheered on.

And now the elders have reassured the Luo community of their unwavering support for Raila’s presidential bid.

Led by Kiago, they assured that the new bond between the two communities will remain strong for eternity.

They were speaking in Ugenya constituency where they were hosted by Siaya Senator James Orengo together with several legislators from the Luo-Nyanza region.

The Kikuyu elders pledged to lead campaigns for Azimio la Umoja in Mt Kenya.

They noted that having assessed the history of this country, they have realised that there is no reason why there should be any division between Luo and Kikuyu communities.

“Jakom will be the fifth president, that one we are sure about. So we have come to strengthen the relationship between you and us,” one elder said.

The elders were flanked by several MPs including National Assembly Majority leader Amos Kimunya, Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege and Kamanda, among others.

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