March 20, 2019

William Kabogo: Why I met Raila Odinga

Raila Odinga with former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo. [courtesy]

Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has explained why he met with opposition leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday.

Kabogo said his meeting with the ODM Party Leader was not a courtesy call; it was a meeting to deliberate on important issues affecting the country.

Kabogo during an interview at Inooro TV on Thursday said his meeting with Raila was to deliberate on “after the handshake” issues that should take the country forward among them how best to unite the country.

“You shook hands with the President about a month ago, what is the next move? When will this handshake be extended to the whole country? These are the things we discussed,” said the ex-governor.

“It’s time we talk politics that can build the country.”

He also met ANC Party boss Musalia Mudavadi on Wednesday where he says he tabled a similar agenda on how to unite Kenya.

Kabogo added that they agreed both parties should start preaching the gospel on unity in their backyards and sensitize their voters that “there is no need to have politics of division in the country.”

The ex-Kiambu County boss said in his deliberations with Raila, they talked about the need to strengthen Kenya’s electoral system which has been one of the key factors dividing the country.

“We talked about the need to have a better electoral system and I asked him ‘why is it that you complain of being rigged every time?’.”

On the question of if he is positioning himself to be Mt Kenya’s political kingpin in 2022, he said it is premature to have a debate about 2022 politics in 2018.

He said the political debate about 2022 which is gaining traction in Mt Kenya region is likely to drive leaders off their mandate of serving the electorate.

Kabogo also noted that he is not against Deputy President’s candidature for President in 2022.

“About a year ago, I said we will not elect [someone] because we promised that; we will elect based on the actions and work done by the one seeking our votes. That is my stand and should also be everyone’s stand.”



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