Nyanza leaders blame voters for Raila’s election loss and trouble
Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga, Kisumu Deputy Governor Ruth Odinga and MPs Jakoyo Midiwo (Gem) and Gideon Ochanda (Bondo) on Sunday said there was general voter apathy in the region that gave their opponents undue advantage.
They said failure of the voters to turn out in large numbers in the region, largely considered to be Mr Odinga’s stronghold, made him vulnerable in the contest as his rivals got full support from their turfs.
The leaders, who were meeting voters publicly for the first time since the March 4 polls, were speaking in Rarieda at the funeral of Ms Selina Guda, mother of the proprietor of Nairobi’s Kosewe Hotel, Mr William Osewe.
The funeral was also attended by Mr Odinga. The ball was set rolling by Ms Odinga when she blamed voters for selling their IDs just before the election.
“Almost 50,000 votes were not cast in Kisumu alone because people sold their ID cards, and then women refused to vote,” she said.
On his part, Mr Midiwo took issue with voters who registered to vote in Nairobi and other areas but travelled home just before election for fear of violence.
“Why do you have to travel when the war was just about to begin and those votes were the weapons?” he posed.
Mr Rasanga echoed the sentiments and asked the mourners to give birth to as many children as they can so as to have the numbers in future.
However, Mr Odinga thanked the voters for turning out to vote. “You did well and I thank you for that, just know that the struggle is not over yet,” he said.