Ida Odinga's Final Message to Kenyans Ahead of Polls

  • Ida Odinga addressing Azimio supporters at Kasarani Stadium on August 6, 2022.
    Ida Odinga addressing Azimio supporters at Kasarani Stadium on August 6, 2022.
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  • Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga's wife, Mama Ida, has asked Kenyans to forgive her and her husband for comments made on the campaign trails that may have offended them.

    Speaking during Azimio la Umoja's final rally at Kasarani Stadium, on Saturday, August 6, Ida noted that former Prime Minister Raila Odinga's campaign trail was intended for good

    “I prayed for all Kenyans yesterday (Friday). If there’s someone that we wronged in the campaigns, we are asking for his or her forgiveness. We are going into this race with a clean heart,” she stated.

    Azimio La Umoja Presidential candidate Raila Odinga during his speech at Kasarani Stadium on Saturday, August 6, 2022.
    Azimio La Umoja Presidential candidate Raila Odinga during his speech at Kasarani Stadium on Saturday, August 6, 2022.
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    She, further, urged Kenyans to rally behind Raila's candidature noting that the former Prime Minister was better placed to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    Additionally, Ida urged Kenyans to turn up in large numbers to vote adding that there was a need to maintain peace after the end of the polls.

    "Today he (Raila) has finished the campaigns and today is the last day. He has run a good race and finished the race," she said.

    "The only thing remaining is that you give him a gold medal. Will you give him the gold medal?" she posed.

    She made the statement during Raila's final rally at the Kasarani stadium ahead of the August 9 General Election.

    At the event, the former Prime Minister promised to shake hands with his three rivals after the August 9 elections.

    He reiterated that he will reach out to Kenya Kwanza's Deputy President William Ruto, George Wajackoyah of the Roots Party and Agano Party's David Mwaure, whether he wins the elections or not. 

    "We are soon entering Canaan and in Canaan, we must embrace reconciliation. In my government there will be no revenge, I pledge to be the president of all.

    "I want to assure Kenyans that I will continue with this handshake doctrine for the sake of Kenya. I will shake the hand if I win and I will shake the hand if I don’t and I will do it because I love Kenya more than I love Raila Odinga," stated the former Prime Minister.

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    Deputy President William Ruto addresses delegates at the CUEA on Friday, August 5 during the signing of the covenants with the counties.
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