ODM leader Raila Odinga on Monday got a boost in his presidential bid as leaders from the Maa community pledged to support him in his bid to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta whose term is nearing an end.
Raila who has taken advantage of closeness to President Uhuru Kenyatta has been making inroads in different parts of the country, to popularize his candidacy and win over supporters, in his final push to become Kenya’s fifth President.
In his speech, Raila promised the Maa community that he will address some of the historic injustices the community has suffered since independence, citing issues of land, marginalisation, human-wild life conflict, retrogressive traditions, environmental degradation and poverty as some of the injustices the community has suffered and which has held them back.
“We are all concerned about historical and current marginalisation of some parts of Kenya and the Maasai. That is why we came up with counties in the 2010 Constitution which others opposed. It is the reason we will continue to push for more funds and resources to be devolved to counties,” Raila said.
Maasai leaders who declared their support for Raila’s presidency were Environment CS Keriako Tobiko, former National Assembly Speaker Francis ole Kaparo and Kajiado Governor Joseph ole Lenku. Kajiado governor who was elected on a Jubilee ticket said the community is safer in the hands of the ODM boss who will be making a fifth stab for the country’s presidency.