Raila Odinga, the leader of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party, has been dealt a serious blow as some of his Nyanza supporters defected to President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
During a meeting at State House with the Head of State, who is eager to create a potent political machine, the supporters, led by former Nairobi County Governor Dr. Evans Kidero, swore allegiance to Ruto’s UDA.
Former governors Jack Ranguma (of Kisumu) and Okoth Obado accompanied Kidero (Migori).
Other ex-members of parliament included Rose Nyamunga of Kisumu, Fred Outa of Nyando, Nicholas Gumbo of Rarieda, Martin Ogindo of Rangwe, John Pesa of Migori, Omondi Anyanga of Nyatike, and former police spokesperson Charles Owino.
The news on Monday is a major setback for Odinga and his Azimio alliance, which last week started a nationwide mass protest over rising living expenses and a victory he claimed was stolen from him in the August 2022 election.
On March 20, when he will be leading a protest march to State House, Odinga claimed the widespread action will climax in a sizable demonstration.