Raila's daughter launches parliamentary bid to retake her father's former Kibra seat

Rosemary Odinga officially launched her bid for Kibra constituency over the weekend at Kamukunji grounds.

 

The choice for the venue was symbolic, as it is popular with politicians and her father also regularly frequents the grounds whenever he wishes to make strong political statements.

She was accompanied by Senators Boni Khalwale (Kakamega), Moses Kajwang (Homa Bay), Nairobi ODM Chairman George Aladwa and Sonu Chairman Babu Owino.

During her candidature launch, Rosemary asked youths to register in big numbers as voters and added her voice on the electoral law saga.

"We the youths we are the majority in this country and digitally so we cannot in any way allow the general election to be done manually. Let it be conducted electronically," she said.

Rosemary promised to initiate more projects for Kibera residents should she be elected to Parliament come August 4, adding CORD will carry the day.

"I have a lot of confidence Cord will win election."

It had long been feared that Raila was grooming her daughter to take over his former parliamentary seat and with her weekend announcement; the kibra constituency was thrown into a panic mode.

Eliud Owalo, former advisor to Raila Odinga who is also eyeing the Kibra parliamentary seat took to social media and criticised Raila for imposing his daughter to the people of Kibra.

“Raila Odinga should choose between Kibra Constituency and the Presidency. He will not get both at the same time," Owalo said in a statement on his official Facebook page on Saturday.

Rosemary is set to face off with the incumbent, Kenneth Okoth and Eliud Owalo for the CORD ticket.

Since clinching the Kibra seat in 2013, Okoth has initiated several developments projects and is currently the most popular candidate.

Rosemary Odinga, being Raila’s eldest daughter, who is also the ODM chairman, many critics fear she will be favored to clinch the CORD party ticket.

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