While Azimio La Umoja politicians were congregated in Kamukunji grounds on Wednesday in Nairobi, Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o skipped the much publicised rally to attend an event at Statehouse Nairobi.
Odinga had organised the rally to pile pressure on President William Ruto’s government to deliver on the many promises he made in the run-up to the August General Election, many of which are yet to be fulfilled.
Instead Nyong’o met with James Cleverly, the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom, at State House on Wednesday to discuss the Ksh. 30 B United Green project that is coming to Kisumu.
The governor posted a photo with President Ruto on his twitter handle with the caption “Earlier today at State House together with James Cleverly, the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom where we held talks over the Ksh 30 billion, United Green project coming to Kisumu.”
Other than Nyongo, all other 22 Azimio governors all of whom had been invited to the rally skipped the event. Machakos governor was with president Ruto for the launch of the Mavoko low cost housing project in Machakos. Kanu chairman Gideon Moi who is key pillar of the Azimio coalition and ODM deputy party leader Hassan Joho were among the notable big guns who missed the rally.
Makadara MP George Aladwa, who chairs the ODM county chairpersons forums was not amused by the absence of key leaders saying “There is no way people can forsake Raila at his hour of most need, it was sad that those who have been looking for him for endorsements could not attend the rally,” he said.
“We received a lot of apologies from so many leaders who claimed that they had prior engagements. I suspect that they are fearing showing up because they are quietly working with Ruto’s government.” added Aladwa.