The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga arrived in Kisumu County today to prepare grounds for President Uhuru Kenyatta ahead of the Madaraka Day celebration in Lake City.
The two leaders are expected to unveil several handshake projects when Kisumu hosts this year’s Madaraka Day celebrations on June 1st.
Raila putting Orange in order for Madaraka
Raila’s move is part of the efforts he has put in place to ensure that the President does not walk into a hostile crowd but rather to ensure the president is accorded a befitting reception, especially after their brainchild Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Process was hit below the belt after the High Court declared that the process was unconstitutional, null and void. The Attorney General, nonetheless, has since appealed the case.
There have been claims of betrayal by Raila’s inner circle over the BBI) process. Insiders think that the ODM numero uno was snookered into supporting a process that all along, the Uhuru’s ‘think tanks’ knew would not end in a referendum.
The ODM chief is expected to meet officials from the region in a meeting that is meant to resolve some of the woes that have rocked the Orange party in the recent past.
Top of the agenda is the preparations for Madaraka day celebrations, unity of the party and the 2022 succession politics.
Rift in the Orange before Madaraka Day
Recently, Raila’s stalwarts including Senate Minority Leader James Orengo, Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo, party chairman John Mbadi and ODM’s Director of Elections Junet Mohamed have been engaged in a war of words, Leading to the brief removal of Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo as the vice-chair of justice and legal affairs committee in the National Assembly.
These are among other issues Odinga wants to straighten to avoid possible embarrassment in next week’s celebrations to be held in the newly created Mamboleo Stadium in Kisumu.
Uhuru to launch Handshake projects during Madaraka Day
In Kisumu, President Uhuru will be launching the rehabilitated Kisumu port, massive 10,000 capacity Uhuru Business Park, new rail station near Kicomi, Ksh350 million Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground, rehabilitated State Lodge among other developments.
The president is also expected to proceed to Mbita where he will open the Mbita Causeway. Already Ksh5 billion has been disbursed for the construction of the Mamboleo – Chemelil Road as well the revival of the Kisumu-Nakuru meter-gauge railway line.
Last week, the institution moved a passenger train to Kisumu in anticipation of the developments set to take place on Madaraka Day.
Aboard the train was the corporation’s Managing Director Philip Mainga and a team of engineers who undertook an inspection tour of the line. The authority is also racing against time to complete the construction of a new passenger terminal in Kisumu. According to Kenya Railways, the construction currently stands at 35 per cent