Panic as the Luo Community Goes Against Raila

We were not included in NASA deal

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The locals affiliated to a Nyanza lobby group identified as Luo Voters Forum stated that they will campaign for independent candidates.

They distanced themselves from the NASA MoU signed by Odinga and the other principals, who include Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Amani Coalition leader Musalia Mudavadi, Senator Moses Wetangula and Bomet Governor Issac Ruto.

In a report by the Star, the lobby leader Charles Otieno they lamented that Odinga did not include them in the deal.

In a press statement, Mr Otieno stated the Luo community was the worst affected by the Post Elections Violence while the others in the Alliance "did not mobilize their supporters to also die".

Mr. Otieno accused Kalonzo, who is the running mate of Odinga, to be the enemy of the people.

He promised to bring down his bid for the Presidency during the August 8 General Election.

"We were prompted to convene this lobby by the fact that after being cheated in the nominations, the Luo community which has suffered most during violence is again being mobilized by the same fraudsters for another round of confrontation.

"This is likely to lead to death and destruction of property on a scale never seen in this country," Otieno was quoted by the Star.

The group accused the Former Prime Minister of forgetting about them after getting into power in 2007.

They further alleged that Odinga had used his position to benefit his own family.

"The Luo community lost heavily but after joining the coalition government with Mwai Kibaki and becoming the Prime Minister, Raila forgot Luo IDPs. Most of whom were integrated," he said.

"Instead of compensating them, he told President Mwai Kibaki to use the money set aside to purchase a new building for PM at a cost of Sh1 billion and to furnish it at an additional cost of Sh300 million with a golden bed and high-end carpets imported from Belgium".

Otieno added that politicians were afraid of what was going to happen after the upcoming election and were relocating their families.

"We do not want to see the endless political misadventures in pursuit of the presidency, through extra-constitutional means by one family," he concluded.

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