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Major rift in Kenya’s Western region politics as governor Barasa’s u-turn throws Odinga’s mass action into turmoil


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The political landscape in Kenya has experienced a sudden shift, as Kakamega governor Fernandes Barasa, a close ally of ODM leader Raila Odinga, has made a U-turn against Azimio, the opposition coalition led by Odinga. This comes ahead of massive street protests planned for next week, which Barasa has opted not to participate in, stating that it’s time to focus on delivering results instead.

”Instead of participating in my party leader’s protests against the government, I have decided to channel my energy towards the development of the regions in Kakamega.” Said Barasa during a church service attended by National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula, along with Senate Chief Whip Boni Khalwale and Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa

This sudden change of stance by Barasa has dealt a blow to Odinga’s political campaign, as he had been attending Raila’s rallies and was behind calls for Deputy President William Ruto’s resignation.

Moreover, Odinga’s support base in the Western region seems to be dwindling, as members of the Luhya community, who have traditionally been allied with Odinga, are now plotting to have one of their own succeed President William Ruto after he serves two terms.

National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula during the church service, called for unity among the community and working with the National Government, urging members not to scatter their votes but instead vote as a bloc to produce their own successor in 2032.

“We are determined to have our own taking over from President Ruto in 2032 and this can only be possible if we vote as a bloc. We have the numbers but always scatter them. This should no longer happen,” he told the congregation amid cheers.



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