Agog by the coming of their one-time prime minister, Turkana youths in Kenya trooped out with their brooms and buckets ready to tidy up the road in preparation to receive Raila Odinga.
Raila who was the country’s Prime Minister from 2008 to 2013 and the first to be elected as the Member of Parliament for Langata in 1992, will be arriving Turkana today, August 27, to close the ongoing cultural and tourism festival which brings together different communities from the region to celebrate culture and diversity.
Hence, in preparation for his coming, youths of the community, mainly members of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), filled the major road on Friday evening to wash and clean it with water and soap.
The group borrowed a leaf from the followers of a self proclaimed Prophet Owuor who few days back first had the roads washed in preparation to receive him.
Turkana youths took all by surprise in doing same not minding the severe water scarcity they face in their community. The youths saw it fit to wash the streets in Turkana county ahead of Baba’s tour to the region. One of the youth said:
“We are here to wash the road because Raila Odinga fought hard to ensure it was tarmacked.”
Raila is set visit the region accompanied by six other leaders including Kilifi Woman Rep., Aisha Jumwa, Suna East Member of Parliament, Junet Mohamed, Joseph Ndiege, Gladys Wanga, Simba Arati and Rachel Ameso.
Raila Odinga has many followers. They turn out in their numbers during his rallies believing he would become their leader come 2017 General Election. But his co-principal, Moses Wetangula said, they will not all translate into votes.
Raila is the son of the first Vice President of Kenya, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga. He served as Minister of Energy from 2001 to 2002 and as Minister of Roads, Public Works, and Housing from 2003 to 2005. His service has gained him a place in the hearts of most people in Kenya.
The move by the Turkana youths is largely seen as a mockery to the government as the it had pumped over Shs 270 million to drill boreholes in the county.