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Tukome! Ida Odinga sounds warning to politicians insulting her family

By George Odiwuor December 12th, 2022 3 min read

Wife of Azimio leader Raila Odinga, Ida Odinga has warned politicians who fell out with her husband against insulting her family.

This comes after the ODM leader lost the presidential election.

Speaking during a thanksgiving prayer service organised by Homa Bay Woman Representative Joyce Osogo in Radiro village in Homa Bay Town, she accused some of the critics of abandoning them in their hour of need.

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According to Ms Odinga, some of the politicians spent time at her house before the election but have now turned against her family after they lost.

“They would wake up and have breakfast, lunch and supper at my house and spend the whole day at my office. They are now thankless and talking as if they did not benefit from my family,” she said.

Ms Odinga who said she was standing in for her husband who is on a foreign trip argued that such statements are meant to seek sympathy mainly from the government.

Ida Odinga and Homa Bay County Woman Representative Joyce Osogo share a cake during a prayer service organised by the woman rep at her maternal home in Radiro village in Homa Bay town on December 11,2022. Ida asked Nyanza politicians not to fault Azimio leader Raila Odinga for his loss at the presidential election. PHOTO| GEORGE ODIWUOR

According to her, it is an unprofessional means to look for job opportunities from the state.

She said using social media to castigate the ODM leader will not add value to one’s career.

“Making noise on Facebook with intentions of seeking state recognition will not be possible,” Ms Odinga said.

She said such leaders should not be supported in their future political quests.

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She told the group to look for alternative engagements that can keep them busy.

Ms Odinga accused the politicians of trying to make history by being the ones who led to the downfall of the Odinga family.

She defended her husband who has been at the centre of focus in his fifth-time loss at the presidential race.

She said the ODM leader should not be blamed for the outcome of the poll and faulted politicians who have been castigating her family after the former prime minister was beaten by President William Ruto.

Some politicians from Nyanza have been speaking ill about the Odinga family while accusing the Orange party leader of wasting the best chance he had of becoming Kenya’s fifth president.

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The politicians including those who equally contested and failed at the last poll have been telling their supporters that the ODM party did not put proper structures in place for its leader to win the top political seat.

Among them is former Lake Basin Development Authority chairman Odoyo Owidi who resigned from ODM soon after the party leader lost.

Other politicians who have come out to attack the Odinga family include former Kisumu senator Fred Outa, and former Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma who together with Mr Owidi and others have formed a caucus that they use to marshal for support for Kenya Kwanza government in Nyanza.

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But Ms Odinga told the politicians not to make fun of her husband’s loss but instead mind their own business.

“Personally I want to be remembered for having built a Sh 300 million library and resource centre at Ogande Girls. Insulting my family will not take you anywhere,” Ms Odinga said.

Ms Osogo who hosted Ms Odinga said she is ready to pick up from where her predecessor Gladys Wanga left, with the aim of putting Homa Bay on the map.

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