Members of Parliament allied to ODM party leader Raila Odinga have assured President Uhuru Kenyatta of their support in the National Assembly.
Led by ODM national party chairman and Suba South MP John Mbadi, the MPs pledged to back Uhuru’s agenda.
“Even if his own brothers will leave him like Kimani Ichung’wah, Ndindi Nyoro, Moses Kuria Alice Wahome, you will not hear of any single Luo MP even outside ODM who will betray the course that we have embarked on,” he said.
He also hit out at those opposed to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). According to Mbadi, the process is legal as motions were drafted and taken to both the National Assembly and Senate for adoption.
“Immediately after the handshake, I got instruction from Baba (Raila Odinga) to take a motion to Parliament to approve the handshake, adopt it and anything subsequent to that is recognised by law. Jim Orengo moved a similar one in the Senate,” he added.
Also present was Siaya senator James Orengo who castigated Deputy President William Ruto for campaigning too early.
Orengo said, “You cannot have a deputy who is already imagining that you’re outside office. Actually he started the campaign in 2013 lakini ya Mungu ni mengi…President Uhuru akamuona huyu kijana ana mambo tofauti ndio akashikana na Raila…handshake….na akasema Kenya is bigger than all of us.”
On Saturday, a delegation of Gikuyu elders that endorsed his presidential bid.
During the meeting, the Gikuyu and Luo elders made a raft of resolutions which included supporting the BBI proposal and fostering a unity of purpose in regard to delivering the presidency to Raila in 2022.
They promised to work together in promoting their cultural interests in the context of a peaceful, united and prosperous Kenya.
“The building of a great nation starts at the individual level, how we relate and interact with those around us; then it’s extrapolated countrywide,” Odinga said.