Newly elected EALA MP Winnie Odinga has dedicated her EALA win to 49 lives lost 5 years ago when her father returned from the US.
On that day 17th November 2017, upon his arrival from the US Raila Odinga left Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in a convoy of tens of vehicles accompanied by a host of Nasa leaders and hundreds of their supporters and were accosted by police who engaged his supporters in running battles.
Chaos, teargas, running battles and suspected live bullets marred Raila’s entry into Nairobi city centre.
Winnie whose candidacy elicited controversy braved critics and managed to convince Kenyan MPs to approve her nomination by the Orange Democratic Movement.
Taking to her social media handle, Winnie whose nickname is also Kazi posted “Asanteni Twende Kazi” with a photo of herself smiling victoriously. Earlier in the day Winnie after learning of her election to EALA, Winnie posted “Five years ago exactly today, 49 lives were lost. I am still here by God’s grace. Fast forward today, I am elected to be a member of the EALA. I am humbled”.
” I am grateful, I am ready. This is for all the ones we lost on the way. There is no me without you” She added. Winnie garnered 247 votes from votes cast in both the Senate and the National Assembly. She was elected from the Azimio la Umoja coalition alongside former Kieni MP Kanini Kega, Mombasa businessman Suleiman Shahbal and Kalonzo Musyoka’s son, Kennedy Kalonzo.
Below is a video of Raila’s 6 hour dramatic entry in Nairobi from JKIA as captured by Nation.