Members of the Machakos County Assembly have jumped to Raila Odinga’s defense over allegations that he uttered derogatory remarks towards Kamba women.
The ODM leader attracted scrutiny over the weekend after thanking the Kamba community for their generosity in a remark that had strong sexual connotations.
“Unajua Wakamba ni waaminifu na wao ni kama akina mama wakisema watakupatia watakupatia” said Raila when he hosted leaders from the Kamba community ahead of the Kibra by-election on Thursday.
Kamba leaders who condemned Raila included former Kathiani Member of Parliament Wavinya Ndeti, MPs Patrick Makau (Mavoko) and Robert Mbui (Kathiani). The Wiper Party politicians claimed Raila’s remarks amounted to insults.
On Tuesday, a host of Machakos MCAs convened at a Machakos hotel and urged Kamba voters in Kibra to ignore claims that Raila described women from the community as ‘sexually loose.’
Led by Kangundo West Ward MCA Titus Kaloki, the ward reps said the accusations against Raila by Wiper MPs were “desperate and opportunistic” political propaganda.
“Those attacking Raila over his remarks are simply seeking cheap political mileage after sensing defeat in Kibra. We are asking Kamba voters in Kibra to ignore them and vote for the ODM candidate,” said Kaloki.
“Obviously they are worried about the political unity by our governors. They are alive to the fact that their leader has no solid political stand to guide the Kamba community,” he added.
The MCAs also declared that the Kamba community was fully in support of governors Kivutha Kibwana, Alfred Mutua and Charity Ngilu in their resolve to work with Raila Odinga. They said the move will benefit Kamba community living in Kibra constituency.