Renowned Azimio leader Raila Odinga has made his presence felt in Migori County, attending a crucial meeting of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party delegates. This significant gathering witnesses the opposition leader accompanied by key figures from the Azimio alliance, including DAP-K party leader Eugene Wamalwa and Migori Governor Ochilo Ayacko.
Raila’s journey to his political stronghold in Migori follows closely on the heels of his decisive action, expelling rebellious Members of Parliament who have thrown their support behind the Kenya Kwanza administration.
The delegates’ meeting is an assembly of ODM grassroots leaders hailing from all corners of Migori County, showcasing Raila’s meticulous strategy to fortify the party’s local networks in preparation for the 2027 elections.
To fend off the relentless efforts by Kenya Kwanza to undermine his influence, Raila has a series of engagements lined up in South Nyanza throughout the weekend. On Sunday, he will venture into neighboring Kisii County, holding meetings in Bomachoge Borabu and participating in a church service.
Confirming these plans, a senior ODM official stated, “The party leader will be in Migori on Friday and Kisii on Sunday,” with intentions to visit Siaya on Saturday.
Raila’s nationwide tours aim to bolster grassroots support while breathing fresh energy into the ODM leadership. Recently, ODM’s National Executive Council reshuffled several national offices, marking significant party structure changes.
Kisii Governor Simba Arati assumes the role of National Deputy Chairperson of the party, succeeding former Kisii County Woman Representative Janet Ong’era, who defected to UDA. Catherine Omanyo takes on the position of Deputy Secretary-General, stepping into the shoes of former Busia Woman Representative Florence Mutua.
Saboti MP Caleb Amisi now serves as Deputy Organising Secretary, succeeding Zulekha Hassan, and Fatuma Masito assumes the role of Deputy National Treasurer, replacing Ogla Karani.
Raila’s tour of Luo Nyanza holds political significance, especially as he takes decisive action against party members perceived as rebels, whom he accuses of betraying the ODM. The Migori visit follows the party’s recent move to save two MPs from the county, MP Mark Nyamita (Uriri) and MP Paul Abuor (Rongo), who were required to apologize to the party and pay a fine of Sh1 million each.