Luo Elders Threaten to Go to Court After Raila 'Meddled' With Their Affairs

  • A faction of the Luo Council of Elders has threatened to take their issues to court after NASA leader Raila Odinga 'meddled' with their leadership structure. 

    The leaders condemned the opposition leader for interfering with their issues

    This comes after Mr Odinga met a section of the elders in an attempt to unite the council that has been having wrangles following the death of the former chairman Riaga Ogallo

    [caption caption="File image of Opposition chief Raila Odinga together with Luo Council of elders chair Opiyo Otondi and James Orengo together with other committee members of the council"][/caption]

    Speaking at his Kendu Bay home in Homa Bay County, Mr Nyandiko Ong'adi threatened to settle their leadership tussle through the courts. 

    "We believe that we are the genuine members of the council and not the other group led by Mr Otondi,” Mr Ong’adi asserted.

    His sentiments were supported by his vice-chairman Thomas Achando and other Luo elders from Siaya and Homa Bay counties.

    The elders led by Mr Ong'adi further requested Mr Odinga, who is the council's patron, to keep off their issues and instead focus on politics. 

    "We respect Raila Odinga as our political leader, but he should desist from interfering with the leadership of the elders’ council,” warned Mr Ong’adi.

    Ong'adi added that his faction does not recognise a recent meeting convened by Mr Odinga at his Bondo home on Monday. 

    "Council meetings can either be called at the home of a member of the council or our office at Ofafa Memorial Hall in Kisumu County,” noted Mr Ong’adi.

    On Monday, Mr Odinga endorsed Willis Otondi as the new leader of the council, a move that had angered Ong'adi.

     "From now henceforth, all Luo elders will work under Mzee Otondi. Mzee Adera Osawa will be the council’s secretary general and Owino Nyadi will be the executive director,” exclaimed Mr Odinga.

    [caption caption="File image of Opposition leader Raila Odinga in a past Luo function"][/caption]