Matiang'i Spills Raila's Plans for Him Ahead of 2022

  • Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i disclosed why African Union Envoy Raila Odinga had forged a good working relationship with him.

    While speaking at Achego Girls School in Muhoroni, Kisumu County on Friday, January 31, Matiang'i stated that the duo had big plans ahead of 2022 elections.

    A report published by The Standard on Saturday, February 1, stated that Matiang'i further called upon for the unity of all communities in Nyanza.

    ODM leader Raila Odinga (in white cap) with Interior CS Fred Matiang'i at the burial of former Nyaribari Masaba MP Hezron Manduku on 31/08/2019.

    "Raila recently said I am his son. I will walk close to him as we navigate ways to help our people. I will go in the direction he shows me.

    "For the first time, we as Nyanza have been brought together led by Raila and we can collectively address our issues as a region," Matiang'i asserted.

    During the funds drive, the CS delivered Odinga's greetings, affirming that the two were close and regularly met to deliberate on critical issues.

    Matiang'i further gave his Ksh 600,000, President Uhuru Kenyatta's Ksh 2 million and Odinga's Ksh 1 million contributions as he vowed to defend the BBI. 
    Accompaning Matiang'i were Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa, Kisumu Governor Anyang Ny'ong'o, Nyamira Senator Okong'o Omogeni and Woman Reps Gladys Wanga (Homabay), Rosa Buyu (Kisumu) and Janet Ongera (Kisii). 

    In attendance also was Kitutu Chache South MP Richard Onyonka with his Nyando and Borabu counterparts, Jared Okello and Ben Momanyi respectively.

    "If Odinga says Matiang'i tosha, that is what we will follow," Buyu asserted.

    On August 30, 2019, at the burial of former Nyaribari Masaba MP, Hezron Manduku Odinga responded to Gusii leaders who were pressuring him to endorse Interior Cabinet Secretary, Matiang'i, for the presidency in 2022 calling him his son.

    "Matiang’i is my son and I know he deserves the best. It is not yet time to start politicking and that is why we are against early political statements that will derail our country’s development agenda. Let him undertake his duties.

    "The country must remain united before we get down to think of political formations. We have the handshake that is key in uniting Kenyans and fighting corruption,” Raila played coy.

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