At least thirty Kenyan Governors on Monday endorsed Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga’s Presidential bid.
The county chiefs led by Council of Governors (COG) Chairman Martin Wambora and Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui said the endorsement is due to their confidence that he will protect devolution as provided for under the Constitution.
“There is no other candidate who has impressed the Governors that devolution will outlive him and beyond his period, forever and forever,” Wambora stated.
“This coming election is about the future of devolution. Can we trust a man who has opposed devolution consistently to be the one to lead it in the next five to ten year? I don’t think we would want to take the gamble,” Kinyanjui added.
Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu and her Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi said the county chiefs have resolved to go out of their way to ensure Odinga is elected as the fifth President in the August 9 poll.
“We would want to see a situation where the state of devolution in the country becomes uncertain after the August 9 polls,” said the Kilifi Governor.
Odinga welcomed the endorsement.
“These governors are in the front line of implementing devolution as they say where the rubber meets the road. They are the one we have entrusted to improve the lives of Kenyans through devolving funds to the counties. We know that devolution has many detractors who want to take us back to Egypt, but we must insist we are going to Canaan,” the ODM Leader said.
He added that working together with the governors will improve service delivery to citizens as well as improve access to basic social amenities.